allrighty, ponder with me the following hypothetical situation:
you're on a ride, perhaps with your friends whom you've met on/off this site. perhaps with others as well, whom you may not know so well. whatever. All things being not equal, it can only be assumed that there is a range of skill levels in the group.
The group makes it's way through 'heaty zones' and 'traffic stops', to finally come to that fateful turn on to the open, twisty road; stave, cypress, s2s, wherever.
Yer havin your fun and all, but after a bit, you feel the group as a whole is not riding at the pace you would like, perhaps being held back a bit by the leader. You know the leader is well capable of riding faster; this road is killer and your tires are nicely warm, you're really in to it...you've ridden this road many times...indeed...you crave these curves!
Perhaps you feel that if you were to safely drop out of formation, you could easily get ahead and simply ride your own pace and meet up with everyone else at the end. You have a fair assumption that doing so may induce the group leader to quicken the pace a bit as well. Everyone in the group is capable of fending for themselves, right?
Perhaps you feel that you should stay in formation, and just enjoy the scenery. Maybe the leader has good reason for reduced speed. Or you could upset or endanger the group in some way, you never know cuz you're feeling cautious with all these bikes around you. You know you *could* ride ahead, but don't feel it prudent to do so. You never know what the newbs in the group are capable of.
speak yer reasons...