Hide, Archive, and Delete chat threads!
Teams is way to cluttered when you have several chats. It is difficult to see new messages when they come in. I like a very clean and simple tool and if you could manage options that let you delete threads and also that would let you choose to clear all activity and history upon closing the App that would be great. As it is I have a bunch on inactive threads that are always in the activity list and they are old and not active any longer. Other than this I really like the UI and the functions of the Teams App just want to be able to clear all the junk when I want to.
Additional clarification as to what was fixed in this feature request.
This request is done except for Delete Private chat. Delete Private Chat is still Under Review and therefore will be pulled into its own topic; no decision has been made to yet if this will be done or not.
What is complete are the following:
1. Delete your own messages anywhere in Teams.
2. Team Owners can choose if users can edit/delete in their tenant as well as choose if admins have the power to delete any message posted in public channels.
3. The ability to hide your private chat threads (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
4. The ability to mute your private chat threads. (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
I have opened a new suggestion that targets just the ability to Delete Private Chat threads. If you want this feature, please go to this new topic and vote it up!
220 commentsComments are closed
Seb Herrmann commented
@Warren - Please can you work hard to have this poor decision over-turned. At minimum an admin in a team must be able to delete any post. If inappropriate, racist, sexist, or hate speech is posted, it is totally unacceptable that an organisation has no ability to remove this data - rather just hide it. And what happens when you search - I presume the 'hidden' chats will appear. Can you please add more detail about this. This is a deal breaker for our teams environment - if we cant moderate a team for inappropriate content, how does the Microsoft propose an organisations manages this issue?
Not an acceptable compromise. Must be able to remove inappropriate content. The inability to remove content that is sexist, racist or otherwise offensive is a deal breaker.
Joshua Furman commented
What a shame, this should be allowed. Slack has this ability. Teams gets cluttered; is it really that difficult to allow users to delete old conversations?
This makes no sense. I'd venture a guess that a lot of people will just not use it and move on to something else that works.
The education version says it allows moderation.
God forbid if someone realises they can put up racism/hatespeech knowing full-well that an organisation will look like it is refusing to take it down. This makes me feel very uncomfortable - I wonder what will happen when mass-media finds out that people can abuse the fact that Microsoft has removed the organisations ability to moderate... I wonder what will happen the first time EXACTLY THAT occurs at a mass-media corporation and they discover you have removed their ability to remove it...
Yves Rausch commented
So you guys really want us to move forward to slack? I told my employee to give teams some time to catch up but those wrong decisions stop the future to teams at all.
It is our data, so it is up to us to delete chat or team channel posts... you bought Skype a couple of years ago, and there you can do all such things, why not in a business of your product? If you really want to attract people to teams, stop making it a bad copy of slack, go make a good copy at least, and then with the connection to other office365 product you would have a good solution...
Leanne Prescott commented
Without the ability to delete or edit posts, my team will not comfortably and efficiently be able to use teams for conversations. It clunky and needlessly adds double the posts to chats and threads (due to typos and errors) making it harder to search for decisions, next steps, and outcomes from conversations. I see that many of my team has already started using other apps for conversations because of this issue.
Eduardo Tavares commented
Really bad... that's why small companies quickly attract unhappy customers from the bigger ones: they listen to us.
Bad decision. We'll probably get back to Skype or another product. We should be able to delete any confidential, accidental or non work related threads. I don't really see why this would be so difficult to build.
Terrible news. Oh well. I have been looking for a reason to move to Slack.
These are the type of decisions that make me stop using teams.
Why not let us delete them?
I’m willing to be the reason isn’t technical, it’s financial. So much money to be made in selling our data!
This is stupid.
We don't want the history of every conversation kept.
We should be in control of our data and retention of that data not Microsoft.
As a teacher (admin) for Teams, I would like the option to be able to delete crazy comments from the main conversations feed.
+ 1 Vote for archiving conversations
Suphatra or someone from the Admin team, please indicate whether or not you are working on allowing all users to delete or edit their own threads.
We are a Microsoft Gold partner with numerous clients wanting to deploy Teams BUT they won't move ahead without functionality to allow ALL users including Guests to edit delete comments.
I would like the ability to modify or delete a conversation as an Admin
i would class this as archiving the chats, and have an 'archive' button under the pup-up when you click on your face where you can see all your archived messages...
Jeremy Biros commented
I am also seeing that only owners can delete their own threads. I can delete my own messages only in the team that I created / own. I can't delete my own messages in teams that I am not the owner. Nor can anyone else.
Jeremy Biros commented
I find the most common reason I need to delete posts is because the user accidentally creates a new thread instead of replying to the existing thread. The new thread text box is too close and too similar to the reply text box. Creating a new thread should be a bigger deal and more clearly defined so users don't think they are replying.