I use Little Snitch from the very beginning and couldn't live without it.
Still, I find it odd that when enabled by a click, the Research Assistant auto creates a rule for itself, and even with the padlock in locked position.
It's like the rule was set already, but left hidden for us to see. Then it appears as the user clicks to "enable" the feature.
I don't like the idea that Little Snitch may open a door for itself without any alert. I would prefer an alert for me to allow the connection. Just like I'm used to.
I know we have to trust the developer, still, I think it goes against the design of this application.