I like the cup method more, too.
Works best when the cup is clear and they don't really 'see' it coming for them
Once the water in the cup and the tank are the same temp, I pour the water that's in the cup into the tank when the fish swims out. I drain (into the sink, carefully!) as much as I can from the cup before I let the fish out. I haven't come across any problems doing that. I figure it's less stressful.
I'm no expert, so someone pls tell me if that's wrong lol
And P.S. - there's no such thing as a stupid question here