Hide the reply button under every message
The "reply" button is WAY too large under each message. I recommend either making the button just a smaller icon and off to the side of a message, or only showing it on hover.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news. This item has been declined. There will be no work to hide or remove the reply button.
As many people have commented, a big ask is to help improve how people distinguish between giving a reply and starting a new message.
For that the focus will be on this item. “Better visual delineation between `Reply` and `Start a new conversation`”
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Please, if you are replying in a thread, and you press enter to send, please please please please please please please please please please please make it so your cursor intentionally gets placed into the existing thread you just replied in. We have too many people making a new thread when they post new info, it's not very good.
Andrew Edney commented
As per other feedback, it is too easy when switching between chat and teams to start a new conversation when you really want to reply. Make "Start new conversation" a button and have "just typing in" act as a reply to the most recent conversation... or allow a new conversation to started in error to be dragged to the appropriate conversation to act as a reply!
Brian Gillett-Smith commented
I agree that something needs to be done with this. My team have been using Teams for a very short time but have already come to the conclusion that the current system is confusing...
If the idea is to promote threaded conversations, then when a user starts a conversation and hits [enter], the focus should move to that conversations reply input area instead of remaining in the "start a new conversation" one. At least that way a user will not accidentally create multiple conversations when they are actually chatting about the same topic.
If the idea is to be more like Slack and have a main conversation wide side threads if required, then the entire reply area should be minimised to an optional icon. In fact, make is an admin-configurable option - "Users can reply directly to messages" - or something like that?
I would be happy with either solution. Do you know any approximate timescales?
Chris Webb commented
Yes, adding vote for more empasis on the reply button and less on new conversation box. New Convo should be a button at the least. Making reply smaller or out of sight is a very very bad idea.
Wow. Microsoft is too big to change button position. moving a button to right side takes more than half years!
Like others, I would favour minimizing the "start new conversation bar" and keep "reply" as big as possible. It's super annoying when folks start new conversation in a channel when they're just replying. Sounds like these needs to be an option...
Jeremy Williams commented
Move it next to the like and bookmark buttons. Should take less than a week.
Can you please define "soon"? For a application to which Microsoft has committed so much ink and presentation it seems to me that actually not that much effort is being made to address the users concerns.
Emiliano Magliocca commented
Cannot understand why a simple feature like this, is taking so much time.
Can it just be an option to either display or hide the reply button? That way both the message board and Slack camps can be satisfied?
Yes Slack has the Start Thread feature, but the way they implemented that feature is much nicer. At least in Slack I don't have to look at 1000's of instances of Reply when reading through a channels content. We organize our conversations by Channel, not based off of what a person said in a channel.
Rao Pathangi commented
A large "reply" button is fine. In fact, anything that can prevent users from starting new conversations while assuming they are responding to an existing conversation is welcome. A big reply button is a small price to pay to preserve sanity.
The "start a new conversation, use @ to mention someone" should be removed from the bottom and moved elsewhere to make the distinction very clear.
@Suphatra - When you say a change coming soon, it is vague. Can you provide a potential timeline to help narrow when we might see this type of change?
[Deleted User] commented
Move the "reply" button which appears under each message to "more options" so that more messages can fit on one page
The reply button being too big is just a symptom of a larger problem. There's no way to force a "conversation" to be exactly like every other chatroom in existence: A chronological, single-threaded set of messages.
I honestly don't understand how anyone finds this "it's a chatroom, but it's also like a message board system" system useful. Clearly some people responding to this bug enjoy that feature, but it should absolutely be something that can be turned off, or split off into its own message-board style feature for people who want to respond chronologically out of order to things. My coworkers and I do not use this reply feature at all and do not plan to. A maximized window on a 1080 screen can fit a whopping 7(!) single line messages on the screen at once. That's absolutely terrible when coming from Discord, Skype, or IRC.
The reply button is the most confusing thing about these "chat rooms". There needs to be an option for this to be an actual single threaded chatroom and not some bizarre hybrid chatroom/message board feature.
The huge reply button looks very ugly. Please show it to the user on hover and move it to one side. We don't reply to every message and it is a total waste of space. See how Slack integrated all the actions to a message so elegantly.
Can we have an update on this plz ?
Maximiliano Villarreal commented
I agree that the reply bar is way too large, if mouse has to travel to that bar anyway , you can add another icon to the message hover menu
instead of putting it on the bottom, can you just move it to the side and make user comments a full line of text instead of a wrapped bubble
Jacob Andersson commented
Suphatra, if you search for "reply" above you will find a large number of different replies on this topic with the common issue that people rather create new conversations when they should reply... So am worried the new UI would not sort that out but I hope I am wrong!
Will sign up for the testing to try to be part of that.
P.S. Got feedback from our Linux-users who have to use the web only that the "Reply"-link actually is not visible from time to time and that is why they very often only have the "Start new conversation" to type in... D.S.