I love having the choice to use them. As a principle, I don't mute people. I just don't like that style of moderation tool. I hush and filter people like no tomorrow though. I've even filtered people on here I like but whose posts I don't live seeing all the time. I agree with you whole heartedly the the moderation tools are something the Hubski team should get huge props for, among most the other features of this awesome site.