Read Only channel
Would like to create a Public/announcements Read Only channel so that only specified members can post. This allows for authorized personnel to make company announcements, but not everyone can post.
(The request for a Public Announcement channel is complete, since the General channel can be controlled by admins and set to read only)
Due to a priority shift this request has slipped to the backlog. I hate to bring bad news. I will continue to provide the feature team your feedback and votes.
Hopefully this will move back up in the queue soon.
I don't think this really fits the "Team" idea. Company announcements tend to fit better on Sharepoint or Yammer.
I found it 😊, there is a function for a channel that you can set it up the channel as a moderator channel. That means that you can use it a news channel. Only the moderator can push messages in the channel and every else can read it. The nice thing is that you even can set up guest accounts as moderator
Yes is there an update we need this
Is there an update on when this can be made available?
Please add this functionality. As you can see admins are doing workarounds, editing permissions in SharePoint directly which you advise against for Teams libraries. As the latest response from Warren was over a year ago, can this be revisited?
I ended up creating a team with a channel where only owners can post and then I use Flow (Power Automate) to repost that message to another team where people can chime in with their discussion.
Hamish McBrearty commented
I'm currently using Webhooks to post the results of scheduled tasks into a dedicated channel. I'd love the ability to make this channel read-only to all users but the webhooks to ensure it only contains the notifications, rather than the "asking everyone to play nicely" approach.
What is the latest news on this proposal from the Microsoft Team?
Erik Pauwels commented
Mainly for Files. It was strange to discover that Guest was not the read only member group in Teams. It usually is. Now we are forced to make permission changes in SharePoint.
Jake Gordon commented
Please introduce the ability for a user to set a channel to read only for just them. This would make it more difficult to enter chat into a channel or chat that was not intended for that chat/channel.
Moderation makes some things read only, but not everything in the channel. For example the channel's files tab, what (if anything) does moderation do about them? And other apps/tabs that are added don't allow for moderation. If we could remove or restrict the Files tab, then we could have a public announcement channel...
Tim Banting commented
Would people think this is more, well, Yammer-like? I would like to see Teams and Yammer merge for all collaboration down the line. Is there really a use-case for keeping them separate?
Plus Wiki tab? How very 1990s! - I would like to see this as an alternative to Yammer discovery feed so that a summary of a busy channel can be seen. (Supporting # tags? Word clouds? Sentiment analysis?)
Teams so GREAT but this is stopping us from moving to it 100%
Jeff Layton commented
This is partially enabled already, with channel moderation you can limit who can reply and post, and when you open the files tab in sharepoint you can navigate to the root and then manage access for the particular channel you select and change members to read only, now members can not edit documents.
As for Wiki you can do it like this, pulled from another user on another post:
Dan commented · August 28, 2019 12:58
History and Permissions can be accessed by:
1. Select "Open in Sharepoint" from the channel options
2. Go to "Site Contents" on the left-hand side menu
3. Select "Teams Wiki Data" from the contents list
4. Select the channel folder
Permissions can be viewed/modified by selecting the opening the "Details Pane" by clicking the "info" icon in the top right
Version history can be viewed/restored by expanding the options menu directly to the right of the wiki name
It doesn't look like it's integrated into the teams desktop app yet, but some limited options ARE available
John DeHope commented
I think the moderation is a start, but there are already so many other features of a channel that moderation doesn't address. I think what everyone wants is one single "read only" checkbox. Moderation makes some things read only, but not everything in the channel. For example if you add files to a channel's files tab, what (if anything) does moderation do about them? Or if you add a planner tab, does moderation make the tasks read only? I don't think it does.
Doesn't moderation deal with this issue pretty well?
Would be very good for advisory channels where other users shouldnt post anything
Would be Perfect for advisory channels like IT-Operations issues--
Our organisation needs public teamsites where only a set number of owners have rights to edit content.
John DeHope commented
Hello, just adding my vote here. I'd like to be able to have more control over Member's access. Currently there are a lot of checkboxes that make it easy to control a lot of Member's access. But I'd like one that says "read only". This would let me have a public team that anyone can join, they'd be able to read anything they like, but only Owners would be able to update or add anything. Then I can make a few select core people be Owners and let everyone else be Members. I think having just two levels of access (Members and Owners) is fine for my needs, if I can just cut down to read-only what that lower level of access can do. Thanks!