Editable Teams and Channels header
I have experience of using MatterMost (an on-premises Slack clone) and one of the features I really like is that each channel has an editable header. That header can contain markdown.
My team is a dev team and we use the channel header to display badges for our Continuous Integration (CI) builds. I'd really like to be able to do the same in Teams.
Problem right now, as described by one user:
I need the team description more easily visible. Right now I have to click on Edit to be able to see the description of the Team. It would be great to have it written at the top so that it’s evident to all. Another way to see the team name is to “View Team”. However, if the description is beyond the character count, you can’t read the full team description.
This feature request is still be reviewed by the feature team. No additional details are available at this time.
George Daniels commented
You need to edit or manage a channel before you can find out what the stated purpose or description of the channel is...!? Seriously? WTF?
Wow, if this is correct, it's being under review for almost two years!
As I suspect a lot of people are coming into Teams for the first time with mandatory remote work during this period, it would be really helpful to be able to clarify channel purposes with a persistent banner or something like that.
A header at the top of the General tab would be VERY helpful
Channel names are not always enough for people to post messages in the right channel. It would really help if the channel description is shown very prominent so people can see what the channel is about
Ian Loveridge commented
A sticky or other way to see the description of what the channel is about, visible to the users when they switch between channels would stop typing in the wrong channel.
Inger A Klekacz commented
There's an additional problem within the UI that actually displays the team description - if the description is longer than the HTML div allows, it's truncated, with no option to view the rest of it.
Craig Thomas commented
This is a feature that we are also interested in.
Robin Steed commented
I don't really care how it is done, but team and channel descriptions need to be visible.
Team and channel descriptions are of little use if they aren't seen. Channel descriptions allow us to guide members on the purpose and expected use of a channel, but nobody thinks to go to "Manage" channel to find this.
We are also working with application development, and we would need a channel header or title, where we could set the link to the latest working version for in-house use.
Other channels also need somekind of a title, a notification that is related to that particular channel, so that every user will know what is the "latest topic" or notification.
John Headlee commented
Not only description but what about pinned messages? I think you can save messages, but I'm not sure it's the same as for instance slack or discord...
If this should be it's own request I can do that, but it might be a more universal solution to have some FAQ/FYI posts regarding the channel...
Zoltán Lehóczky commented
How about make the channel description visible in a mouse-over tooltip as a first step? This should be a one-day job (well, this should be a ten minute job but I assume there is a lot of bureaucracy an testing involved), scratch our immediate itch, and then you can take another year to roll out the Ultimate Channel Description Display Feature? :)
Zoltán Lehóczky commented
John Egleston commented
Also make the channel and team descriptions visible in mouse-over text, and make those and any header searchable across Teams.
Sergio Loscialo commented
Absolutely needed! We use this feature a lot in Slack for some of our channels where the topic is fluid, but a new channel is unwarranted.
Description should just be visible in the top under the name of the channel in italic maybe. Then everyone will know what should be posted in the different channels
Hover over the channel should show description. Description should also be visible at top of Channel window, but make it collapsible so you can hide it.
Malcolm Cook commented
indeed - allowing markdown in Team and Channel descriptions would allow including linkout to other related resources, such as, erhm, the associated Confluence & JIRA landing pages for the project.
I would like to have the channel description visible as a tooltip. That would really help users to find the correct channel.
This would be really useful to on-board new team members, and get users using the right channels from the start. No user is willing to sit and read through a document which explains what every channel is for.