I think about this type of thing a lot.
The biggest problem with password managers is the master password. You pick a bad one and you’re screwed and people are not good at picking them. If people were good at picking passwords they would not need a password manager.
I’ve helped many people get started with password managers and they all can’t seem to grasp what makes for a good master password no matter how much I teach them. Bad password habits die hard.
I often debate with myself if you should even remember your master password? I know it sounds crazy but no one remembers their TOTP 2FA secret key or recovery code and without either you’re locked out of your account. You could say you don’t enter those as often but still a valid point.
I have family who has taken it to the extreme and uses a randomly generated master password that he chooses to not remember because it’s too long. He has it written down and in his password manager too. I mean, this is how 1Password works with the secret key. This feature request is very similar to the feature request to add a secret key function to Bitwarden.
Who knows, maybe the future will be that we don’t generate our own master passwords? I do like how Dropbox Passwords does it, they give you a 12-word recovery phrase that acts as your master password. Add a PIN lock on top of that and that sounds like a great option to me. You can do this now with Bitwarden and the PIN unlock feature.
Either way, I don’t know. I like knowing my master password but I also realize that I don’t know my 2FA key or recovery codes. Not everyone does 2FA so this is not an issue for everyone. I guess the great thing about Bitwarden is that it gives you a lot of flexibility so maybe a robust password generator with an option that forces the user to print or write down the master password will be a good compromise?