I'm curious - why do we see so many threads/questions about pushing film?
Ok, back in the day when press/reportage etc photographers were firing away with Tri-X they did what they had to do to get a shot. Alternatively, the effect on image characteristics is ocasionally used for aesthetic purposes.
But it seems like many people are just pushing film because they think they're getting significantly more real speed, and trying to figure out which developer is best, and they're using it as their normal procedure.
I guess aside from some kind of special effect, I've always thought of pushing (ie underexposing and overdeveloping) as a last resort.
I agree completely, as are many photographic chemical/time/temperature variations which are not necessary and often detrimental to the final image characteristics.