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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dont' do like Slack, since Slack doing wrong because everyone reply to main thread instead of clicking an unknown little icon for threading message! Everyone know what is "Reply" and we all use this in every mail apps and others softwares. Make it less bonkers ok, but don't do like slack since threading is nothing but intuitive!
Alfred Tam commented
hide it or at least make it less conspicuous
This is far and away the biggest stumbling block for my teams embracement of Teams. There has to be a way to hide this from the flow if it is not used. A 3-dot expansion option would cover this without causing the reply to take up essentially half of any screen's thread.
+1. Useless feature... chat-in-chat and the button makes the channel impossible to enjoy.
Please just implement this like Slack does. The reply button is an enormous waste of vertical space that visually clutters the interface and makes it harder to spot actual content.
Threaded replies should be an *option* but not the default behavior. Or if you want to support large and small teams, allow teams to specify whether threaded reply or new chat are the default for that specific team.
Lol at the people freaking out about the removal of an annoying button somehow meaning the removal of an entire feature. You can still have threaded messages (3 dots like Slack) and not have a massive reply button that is bigger than some messages.
For what it is worth the #1 thing I see users do is create a new conversation instead of reply to a thread. You need to somehow indicate in a loud way that the bar on the bottom is for NEW posts, use reply for other conversations. A quick tutorial for new users who have never logged in teaching them the basics would probably do the trick.
My team couldn't stand conversations being separated by reply buttons. We are moving back to slack.
You can at least make it an option to HIDE reply button.
Any ETA on this fix? My team refuse to move from Slack until that monstrous button has vanished!
This seems insane to me.
If the reply button is made LESS pronounced then every channel will turn into a messy chat room with no organization!
I can understand how this request might have been generated from some small 5-person crew but with an org of 100+ people like ours, a less obvious way to "reply" will destroy functionality.
I believe there should be a button at the bottom for "Create a new post/convo" (as any threaded conversation platform has?) and the reply field can happen when you click on a convo - removing the wasted space and complaining from smaller groups.
DO NOT remove the option for threaded conversation. Teams would be an entire mess if there was multiple conversations occurring at once! A reply button should be easy to use click and has to exist!
Jaime Olivares commented
This is the first thing you note whenever you use Teams for the first time. It just looks insensible such a waste of vertical space. What about if you forget it at all? let the conversation flow down. People won't go back and forth replying one 'conversation' or the other.
The threaded conversations work great but I'd vote that the "reply" button needs to be completely rethought.
My users still (regardless of the multiple trainings) reply to conversations by creating their own topic because the "reply" button isn't intuitive.
Something needs to be reworked so that the layout drives a user toward correctly replying to a conversation.
I believe creating a button at the bottom that says "Create topic" which then allows users to enter text into the field would work much better and drive users to utilize the platform correctly.
Ashley Wilson commented
I, for one, like having threads. However, I would like the ability to "mute" conversations, so I don't get notifications about a conversation I'm not interested in.
Didn't Microsoft get the memo that conversation trees are not for humans?
The treads are silly since there are channels and they are easy to make.
Or, get rid of threaded messages, which are really poorly implemented here.
John Skjonsberg commented
Remove or make it possible to disable the reply button in chat. It makes no sense to have a chat within the chat. There's already mentions.
Agreed. It consumes way to much vertical space. It could be just a small icon.
Please make the reply button smaller in the team chat, perhaps move it to the right side of the text box, near the 'like' and 'save' options
Gonçalo Lourenço commented
Slack handles this really gracefully, albeit at the cost of visibility. Maybe you can find some sort of middle ground?