Popo, ol’ Bawa of ours, you surely recognize the vast variety of mindsets and personalities present in any group of a size comparable to this one here. Some of us are loud, some are opinionated, some are introverted, some are introspective, some are helpful, some are collaborative, some are mavericks, some are clever, some are dull, some are young, some are not, some are passionate, some are reserved. And all of those characteristics are subjective, relativistic, and perceived rather than absolutes. Some voices can have the (perhaps unintended) effect of drowning others out, or inadvertently discouraging their participation one way or another.
Put simply, some people simply might have heard all they can stand about my pooping habits, my sympathy for unpopular opinion holders, my moral relativism, my ketchup-on-hotdogs apologism, or my oft-told and long-winded anecdotes about barely relevant experiences. Some people might simply do better without my contributions, even if the rest of the community thinks I’m as obviously awesome as I do. Now they can mute me. Doesn’t affect anyone else, just saves them from having to scroll past my scatology one more time.
This is not a failure of community technology. In fact, not seeing upsetting posts (in this case, posts by people from whom one feels the need to take a break) will not only help keep the peace, but might actually prevent certain community members’ disagreements from devolving into actual antipathy or hostility. And thus the conversation can carry on without being slowed or distracted or derailed by preventable fights.
We all have a right to speak here, but that does not equate to a blanket right to be listened to by all and sundry. Even I grow unbearably tiresome at times. No seriously, it’s true. Even I.
You can even ask my loved ones.