I don't see anything wrong with speculation, this is a discussion area and this is a discussion. So many people take speculation so seriously, we can all spitball ideas and hopes, it doesn't damage the game at all.I'm not sure why people are so keen to believe leaks about base building or space legs etc, when features that were announced through official channels haven't made an appearance yet.
I'll believe we're getting bases and the like after ice planets get their overhaul and fleet carriers arrive.
All I see now is speculation and wishful thinking that is going to leave people disappointed. Not all leaks are real, and even if something were planned for the leaked stuff it might never happen.
If people want to sit in silence, not engage with anyone about the future of the game and just take the updates when they launch that's fine, for some of us we enjoy playing with ideas, people will always be disappointed but healthy discussion isn't a bad thing and speculation isn't a dirty word.