Single Status Update
You know what's ironic?
Certain doomworld members complain that non-Doom-related statuses push the Doom-related statuses off of the front page.
Admins push all the statuses off the front page.
Certain doomworld members are happy.
Simple solution: Set up your following preferences accordingly, and you get to see all that you want to see, and you don't get to see what you don't want to see.
Win/Win for the most part.
I don't see the paradox. Status updates still exist within the confines of what I would call a "reverse ignore feature", and that makes the current solution a better one from my point of view. If there ever was a way to ignore status updates by singular people, rather than having to find out whose updates I might be interested in or not, then I'd certainly think of that as an improvement for everybody involved. The positive side effect is that more attention is being drawn towards the forums at this point. Not all of this attention is "good" per se, but at least you can weed-out things individually there.