Add option to have non-threaded channels
I'd like the capability when I add a new channel to make it non-threaded. Threaded conversations are great for some channel topics, but other more casual channels get too cluttered with multiple threads. I'd prefer to have the flexibility to decide which format I want when I create the channel.
This request is still being considered by the feature team but a final decision has not yet been made. I’m still awaiting more details.
Fabian V commented
It is a bit confusing at times on which way to start a new conversation versus replying to a current conversation. It would be nice to improve the UI in some way. Maybe instead of having the reply line, having an actual textbox that would have the replay as a hint.
I do like keeping threads like Yammer does, but the current UI can be confusing.
Lawrence Yau commented
Like Outlook's "Show in Conversations" feature, BOTH time-ordered and thread-ordered views should be available to support different patterns of communication. Ideally, it should be quick to toggle between the views, to jump into threaded mode and back out.
Victor Carpetto commented
This is what we were looking for
Stilgar Naib commented
Do not remove them but add an option to disable them on per chat basis. When disabled the spacing between messages and the reply button under every message should disappear
Stu Hall commented
This should be optional - threading isn't appropriate for real-time chat.
Andre Milciukas commented
I agree, please make threading optional
Drew J. Como commented
I agree with the collective here. Threading should be an optional choice.
Victor Carpetto commented
Please make threading optional
My vote on this issue is to express my dislike for how the Threading is implemented and enforced. I don't necessarily think it should be *removed* as I can see the value in it for some, but I want an option to disable it and convert Channels to regular chat format.
Mattias Nordgren commented
This is one of the main objections to start using Teams instead of Slack for us.
We would ideally like the option to toggle between "chat view" and "threaded view" for each channel in the channel tab view for a team.
Threading either leaves orphaned replies buried in the time line, or moves comments out of context when unthreaded comments are made. For a online chat system threading needs to be removed.
As OP says, yammer is the place for threaded conversations. Have used slack for some time, and threading would utterly break it. Would be good for Teams to not start broken.
The conversations in channels are not particularly space efficient either - the threaded, yammer-esque view doesn't make use of much horizontal space, and doesn't encourage chats / team discussions. I love the general design and if the team channels were more like slack I think more of my team would be keen to use the software!
While threading idea itself is good current implementation is not. Especially when split happens - one set of ppl write in 1 thread, and other writes in another thread and even worse when more than 2 of such splits happening.
Outer chat where threads jumping one before another becomes super annoying and confusing!
Some people got confused and write not in a thread but in "root" and it's becoming complete mess.
Maybe add tabs/side-panels to fork threads.
In case of small threads (2-3 replies) it's ok to have it in common chat, but there should be possibility to "fork" it from the main chat to some more persistent and visible place.
Robert Wiesner commented
I would also be happy to have a preference for Threads.
I currently don't like it, when an old threads is pushed to the top, if somebody replies to an old thread.
Allow the user to keep the "Message Order", this means responses to Threads don't move the Thread to the top.
R Cheld commented
They have it backwards. Chat should be the main interface with unlimited users, not 10 max. The threaded chat should be the sub communication tab for announcements and topic discussions like a Yammer interaction. Have the ability to reply to a chat post and automatically make that a threaded post in the other Yammer like tab or mimic what Slack does with post feature. Hopefully they read this and flip it correctly!
Please, this is a major issue for our less technical users!
[Deleted User] commented
Being a rival for 'Slack', the current chat layout is rather confusing. By default, you're more likely to start a new "conversation" than reply to the ongoing one. The current Yammer-like experience is not so good and brings confusion. Hence it would be good to clear the difference between these two and to improve the chat experience, the current Reply-rows are taking up way too much space.
Marcin Niczyporuk commented
I definitely would like to have "threads" in chat rooms. Chat rooms are not only for real time conversation. Sometime you have to leave the conversation for few hours, and later when you are back to the room, you could continue some unfinished talks in threads, which is awesome.
Marcin Niczyporuk commented
Actually threads are very useful, as they organize the chat. Having possibility to comment specific message and thus forging it as a thread keeps the chat clean. In skype it's missing and therefore people very often do "copy & paste" specific messages as quotes to, which they're providing answer. it's time consuming and polluting the chat, especially group chat.
Joshua Go commented
100% agreed. Very difficult to find new messages. I like a simple straight up single threaded chatroom. I.e. hipchat. So clean and simple.