@catonano I did some quick googling gave me the link www.mastoguide.info/Pages/muteFAQ.html but it is dead. I'll search if that page has an archived version.
Seems somewhat dated though, it's a year old - but, strangely, I could not find a better explanation of the mechanism.
@catonano A link to the whole archived FAQ: https://web.archive.org/web/20170517104957/http://mastoguide.info:80/Pages/FAQindex.html
thank you, I am a bit confused about this right now
@catonano Got a response from upstream that explains how it works: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/7790#issuecomment-396557684
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