You're arguing about the ignore function, not the mute function.
Ignore hides what person X says. Pretty uncontroversial option, and pretty required on any community site.
Mute silences people from everyone, whether they're talking to you or not. If you've muted someone, they cannot be heard on anything you post.
No one's saying that your ears should be offended by things they don't want to hear. But a few people are saying that you don't have the right to curate their experience so that they don't hear things you don't want them to hear.
I muted one dude because he was being a huge asshat.
Then I unmuted him because he used that one point as a method to bash the site that he seems to hate but continues to permeate for a week straight. And permeate is the word I use because it's like a fungal gas.
I don't get the point as to why people are so upset about muting. You know how it works in the real world? If I don't fucking like a person, if I don't like the things they say to me, I will do everything in my power to not be in the same vicinity as them. That's muting. In what universe in the real world do you hear the phrase "I demand that you have to hear what I have to say to you, even if you don't like it! GIMMIE MUH FREEZE PEACHES." excluding your parents and elementary school teachers.
Hubski is about discussion. Sometimes, you aren't welcome to a discussion. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD, I AM YOUR HOST, REALITY, HERE TO TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE YOU OR WANT TO TALK TO YOU SOMETIMES.
Hubski is about moderation. If you're muted from a discussion, start your own. Then we can all splinter off into a million groups and never have to see each other.
This animosity isn't directed towards you in particular beezneez, by the way. To put it another way, you know shit's tired when thenewgreen is exhausted with things.