Ability to hide or minimize gifs (at user level)
I like a lot about Teams. However, one of the nice features of your main competitor is that on things like GIFs you can minimize them. GIFs are fun, but after the initial fun they are annoying to keep seeing auto playing in the feed. So a way to minimize them in the feed would be great.
This feature request is still being reviewed by the feature team.
This isn't a thing in 2019? Really!? Talk about short-sited and narrow minded in your view of how chat should work in a corporate environment.
MS Teams already automatically hides useful information we want to see behind the "show more..." thing I have to click EVERY SINGLE THREAD. You of course do not give us an option to disable the hiding of useful information. How is it you will not allow us to hide things we DO NOT WANT TO SEE?
James Hayes commented
No single feature makes me miss the days of HipChat more than this one. Man I wish we still had HipChat and not Teams.
John Slack commented
/collapse [visible, all] functionality in addition to individual chat room options such as images and Gifs post minimized/expanded by default and an option for auto-play on/off would be the ideal. The more transparent and granular the control the better.
Please allow us to disable GIFs. I don't won't to see them. They contribute nothing, but I have some immature coworkers who just can't resist.
Just Me commented
For the love of god, disable the toddler feature of this auto playing memes! I have to use this inferior product, but at least show me the mercy of disabling the childish memes!
Bob Kiholm commented
I manage a good sized operations team and we have adopted Teams as our standard. There are a lot of great features, but the lack of this feature is definitely a pain point for us. To many other's points on this, we need the ability to hide, (or control in some way,) a GIF on the receiving end of a message. It should not be required for my team to request that the sender deletes a GIF from their message stream so that they don't have to see it. Each user should be able to control what shows up on their screen. In a case where someone is presenting in a meeting and they receive a GIF that is not meant for that audience, it would be nice for them to have the option to not have them show up or something similar. We are working hard to make Teams work for us, but this really should change. There is rarely a time when a GIF is required to convey a message that words can. They are fun for messaging friends but they are definitely not necessary for running our business.
As silly as this may seem, it's actually a pretty significant feature that greatly affects the user experience.
I cannot believe this is not already a feature. GIFs are extremely distracting and provide zero value.
I'd like to be able to prevent autoplaying of gifs posted by a specific user. Some users spam gifs and I want to stop those from autoplaying, while not interfering with users that use the gifs more thoughtfully. I don't need the spam user's gifs to be collapsed or hidden, just not autoplaying distractingly.
My older boss hates getting bombarded with GIF\MEME's all day, it's common among us younger folk but he despises it. Having a feature to hid GIF\MEME without notifications would be amazing and cut his complaining down, please implement!
Please for the love give me a global option to deny all gifs from appearing. I feel like we are back in 1990 when everyone posted massive amounts of animated gifs.
Michael Saulters commented
Why does it take so long for such a simple request to be reviewed? It's basic. It's causing a loss in productivity. People are asking for it. Your competition already has it. So make it happen.
Jamey Steinmann commented
I think this would be a great feature to add. With HipChat sunsetting and users having to choose between Slack and Hipchat, Teams should be trying to bring some feature parity that were nice to have in HipChat
Jay Dela Cruz commented
Hipchat also allows collapsing all image types.
Emiliano Heyns commented
Same for the animated emoticons. Can we please have an option to kill these on the user prefs? This is a business communications tool, I don't need a thumbs-up emoji to flip a finger at me the whole day.
NO IT CAN NOT ALREADY BE DONE! you completely fail to understand
Honestly this is probably one of the biggest gaps between Slack and Teams for adoption. Not being able to collapse the distracting .gifs while still allowing them from an admin perspective turns Teams from being a productivity enhancer with fun capabilities to a distraction.
As John Melendy has stated, we need the ability to hide/block/disable gifs for a particular channel and/or user.
Since gifs affect each user differently (some love them, others hate them), this should not solely be in the control of the admin of the teams application within the office, or the admin of a channel, but up to each user to turn on/off these possibly unwanted features, since they will not affect the usefulness of teams if they are disabled.
Personally my co-worker spams me with occasional gifs and it's annoying. Blocking him seems a bit too far since he's usually useful. The ability to disable gifs will at least put that feature back in my control; where it belonged to begin with.
E.g., Facebook allows you to hide or block certain types of posts/images without un-liking or unfriending a page/user entirely.
John Melendy commented
To clarify, the request is not for a global enable/disable flag for a channel, but for individual users to hide GIFs or disable auto-play of GIFs for a channel when the admin has decided to allow it globally. There does not appear to be an option for this. Currently either everyone has to see GIFs or no-one gets GIFs at all.
Patrick Brooks commented
@Warren : Imagine you have a particular channel visible almost all the time, but it doesn't get many messages. Now imagine that someone sends a funny, animated gif to the channel. You see it and laugh, and then go back to what you are doing. Two hours later, the gif is still animating ... and you can't stop it. What once was funny is now tired and annoying.
Slack provides a command called /collapse, which hides the animation under a tree gui widget ... click a triangle, and see the funny animation again ... click the triangle again and the animation is hidden.
This feature is all about allowing fun things to be sent to a channel, but then allowing users to hide them after they become annoying.