Drag drop messages in a channel to string together threads or break them apart
Sometimes when replying to a thread I accidentally create a new one. It would be great if I didn't have to remove the comment and could just drag it to connect to the correct thread. Or if accidentally replying to a thread pull it out from the thread to create a new thread.
Great idea as there are hundreds of orphaned replies that actually belong to the thread above it.
Jonathan Miller commented
The ask I have here is related but I find myself annoyingly responding to a full channel rather than a fine thread. I delete a message, retype / copy the text into the appropriate thread. Would be much easier to drag/drop a handle to move the message purposefully, or even a [pop-in] and then [here] link to move the comment to a particular thread.
This, or something to this effect, would be fantastic. We use Teams for IT Operations and it can be especially difficult to keep track of an outage when people aren't ensuring they keep their messages to the same thread. At present these messages are deleted and re-posted by one of the Team owners but allowing the ability for an admin/owner to just drop them into the correct thread would be much more streamlined and less of a resource drain.
Sean Ellis commented
This is a very common request, and is caused by the chat UI not conforming to the standard conventions. In every other chat program, the text box at the bottom of the screen is the thing you use to continue the current conversation.
This actively works against the ingrained muscle memory of everyone except people who have only ever used Teams. Microsoft's response appears to be to make the "reply" buttons more prominent.
(See this thread on the placement of the "reply" button - https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16925779-hide-the-reply-button-under-every-message)
It is a bit like creating a car with the brake and accelerator pedals exchanged. It does not matter how many brightly colored stickers you put on the dashboard saying "Accelerator over here!", it will still lead to accidents.
Even if this basic error were addresses, we would still need a way to merge threads back into a conversation when mistakes (although less frequent than now) inevitably occur.