I have, and will continue to see the muting system as a very negative thing
I'm super sorry you feel this way. I think the muting/hushing/filtering system is genius. It allows for a nuanced shaping of my hubski experience. Each of us should be able to dial it in as we like. This is a, opt-in environment. We choose to be here.
It's up to each of us to tailor the experience.
I like to have a fair amount of people in my circle that disagree with me (just ask TNG). It makes my life interesting. But I also have limited tolerance for racism, chauvinism, or hate in general. I like knowing that I can shut out certain voices if/when necessary. I like knowing that YOU can tailor YOUR experience. It's fantastic!
And look - having been on the muted end of the kb stick in the past... I get it. That dude posts some INTERESTING SHIT. And it kinda sucks to be locked out of the discussion. But you know what? My life went on. And so will all of ours.