It has been brought to my attention that the 'ignore', 'mute, and 'hush' functions do not work in the way that some users expect. This is currently how they work:
ignore: You do not see the ignored user's posts in your feed or the global feeds.
mute: The muted user cannot comment on your posts.
hush: The hushed user sorts to the bottom of comment threads that you view.
Some users were under the impression that mute would prevent a user from responding to their comments anywhere on the site. Currently mute only prevents a user from commenting on your own posts. The primary reason is because we did not intend anyone but the author to have moderation capabilites on a post. For example, if ecib muted kleinbl00, I would not be aware that kleinbl00 could not respond to ecib on my posts.
That being said, if these functions don't work as a significant number of users expect they should, it's worth reexamination. I'd like to hear if you think the functions are working as you expect, and whether or not you think they should be modified, and how.
I can't promise that we will change them, or that everyone will agree upon an implementation, but these discussions often provide good ideas, or at the least, more clarity.