Pushing is my default in winter. I shoot in my dining room at f/4 1/60s @1250. I can't use a tripod, I like f/4, and I like hp5+. So I push. And I've had fun comparing the effects of HC110, ID-11, DDX, and
If you never shoot people and/or available light, you maybe never need to push. But what's so bad about pushing, is it evil? If you don't like it - don't do it. I hate tripods and flash. Some of my very best pics would have been impossible without pushing. Recommending 1/15 is a nice joke.
Best - Reinhold
I don't hate pushing, I just find it unnecessary and even counter productive most times.
When I came back to film 5 years or so back I was actually very enamored with pushing and all that jazz, then I got an enlarger and started printing. Those pre-enlarger negatives were pretty like slides but they are considerably harder to print than my current negatives.
Yes, I do reduce camera exposure regularly, say by shooting my Delta 400 at 1600, to keep my shutter speeds up, which is a good thing. What I normally leave out is the change in development/the change in film contrast rate. My Delta 400 just gets developed in DD-X for what Ilford calls "normal contrast". Printing has become much easier and the resulting prints, prettier.
What I learned was that pushing didn't get me any more detail in my prints and it made my printing work harder.
If pushing doesn't give me more shooting speed, more detail in my prints, or make printing easier, why in the world would I push?