The Dash discussion forum is moderated with a rule regarding no "speculation as fact". I would like clarification on this rule specifically the correct way to express intuitions, reasonable assumptions, and personal opinions so that they will not be blocked, deleted or moderated. I would like to elaborate how concepts derived from non facts are, for me at least, some of the most valuable content we can contribute Intuition Intuitions - these are rooted in experience and not rooted in demonstrable facts. Intuitions come from years of experience working in a particular area and slowly one develops a 6th sense which is hard to articulate. The information is not based on concrete facts. Most of my best business ideas have come from intuition. In fact all great leaders put intuition at the top of their list as the guiding principals for their success. Steve Jobs is a particular example that comes to mind. Yet if you ask someone what is the data, the facts or source of their intuition they are not able to respond. Intuition may be distinguished from random thoughts in the respect that there is a calm sense of knowing that lasts for an extended period. Intuition also has a positive feeling to it there is no anxiousness or second thinking associated with it. Does this mean we cannot share our intuitions on this forum because my intuitions are not based in fact? Opinions personal opinions may also not be derived on hard facts. An opinion can come from intuition as its source but it can also be derived from other sources like past experiences in life. Again these may / may not be based on facts. Does this mean if we have a personal opinion that cannot be based on a concrete fact that we cannot express it on this forum because they are not rooted in fact? Reasonable deductions A reasonable deduction is a logical process of understanding the subject being discussed and making a reasonable set of conclusions based on common sense. The reasonable deductions may also not be based on demonstrable facts. Does this mean we cannot contribute reasonable deductions in this forum because they are not rooted in fact? Future possibilities These are could be visions of the future both positive or negative, possible worries or concerns about what could or might happen. These can be valuable because although theoretical and may never happen, they could possibly happen and by knowing the possibilities exist we can compensate or prepare from them in advance. All great leaders look to the future and imagine what could be. Does this mean we cannot contribute future possibilities in this forum because they are not rooted in fact? My view is this is a discussion forum, is not a court of law. It is a *discussion* forum. Sometimes hard questions need to be asked and established assumptions need to be challenged using the above 4 points mentioned however each one of these can easily be labelled as "speculation" and our contribution can be removed especially if it challenges the existing power structure or treasured ideas of a moderator. The greatest good however can come from presenting a challenging argument even if it is not popular or goes with the mass opinion. Imagine a world where you wish to go out with your friends and all you can talk about is facts. It would be like a court room every day. What would that world be like? Does this forum recognize any value in personal opinions - including ones that can be controversial, contrary or challenging to existing beliefs or management ideas? Therefore my question is how can we express the 4 valuable contributions above without having our contributions deleted or moderated as speculation?