Judging by the lack of response, I trust that such a mechanism as asked above does not exist.
One more question:
We currently have a system to 'like' posts. Is there a way to 'follow' users as well? IOW, if one finds that we like a certain posters analysis/posts, is there anything in the settings, which will allow me to get email notified of all posts of that user?
That way, you can also have under that posters user profile, the number of followers. Just like you have badges and so forth. (Edited the post title accordingly).
In effect, what I am asking for is the exact opposite of muting a user.