From a human to human level, you and me, we all by nature are curious about the unknown. Thus it’s simply a part of life to speculate. And I personally will say that, I don’t see speculation, guessing and this curious energy as a taboo or something along the lines which it may seem like it is seen as in IFC regarding what the OP is discussing in the main post. The point he brought up is valid and therefore, from my own perspective, I would say that this speculation and curiosity may seem and is mostly harmless from the surface but the issue that does arise with speculative posts is this false hope, belief and trust into words, opinions and false information which is mainly and only someone else’s thoughts and dreams.
It’s no one’s intention to purposely spread falsehood but that’s what comes out of the never ending circle of speculation. Much like anything else in this world, curiosity is contagious too. I start saying something and you catch on and from there it can either go all wrong or we could try to end the conversation and wait for the product to release in final form.
Now as I stated at the top, it’s not wrong to speculation, a little bit is something we humans do by nature, we really want to know what that unknown is but as we continue and dig deeper it can and often unfortunately does go very wrong, in the sense that we put high hopes for ourself and false belief in others that something bigger and better than what is actual is going to happen.
And lastly, this is connected to the above part but a bit separated too. That is that, we have a massive community with people of all ages and everyone you could think of, and beyond. What usually does happen is that we human over analyze things and see the slightest hint towards a sin/taboo, in this case speculation as something deemed to be flagged mainly because we are told to do so rather start a debate that ugly enough as seen before turns into a immature argument. I can’t speak for others, but from my knowledge and experience, I can tell that at some point when a post we read crosses our mind as something that could be connected to speculation in form, way or shape, that’s when the individual feels right to flag so that the post can be removed. As we have seen many times the minor harmless speculation do tend to be the start of something that also clogs up the thread with posts that doesn’t necessarily bring any new actual factual information to the table.
In conclusion, speculation is not bad, if you can maintain the level of it and how you speculate. Let’s say I talk about how awesome it would be to have all variants of engine sound for all 777, not only the GE90, and then that sparks a discussion, and surely nothing bad. And keep it at that level and not straying off the line and I think we are good, and also don’t drag out the conversation either since the topic is meant for information purposes not to discuss about side options. But many times these speculations lead to a whole lot more and that’s where I think many on the forum has taught themselves that, “Hey I gotta step in, let me flag as that’s all I co do”, and from there opinions and thoughts about how the posts of a topic should be regulated divides. Then there is that, many gets called minimod and other stuff which is another dilemma.
In all honesty, flag what you feel is wrong but do your judgement based on not only what you feel but if it is worth flagging at all? I personally flag one post per months or less, if I really feel this doesn’t belong here. Often times I jump over hundreds of posts that are flagg-able because it’s better to let go of other opinions and matters, even if they are wrong, because it doesn’t hurt to let people voice themselves, does it?