Merge threads from within a channel
We need to ability to merge threads that become disjoint back into a single thread. This includes similar threads that are separated by some gap in time as well as merge separate threads that get started on common topics.
Robert A. commented
I've had a Tuesday and a Thursday meeting that gets pushed around (up or back and hour) - so we've kept them separate for ease of moving and canceling one of the meetings. The meetings are the same topic. Is there a way to 'join' or 'merge' the chats into a view that allows me to see one continuous thought? We meeting in video and we chat when not in meeting. Since in our organization we are also involved in many other meetings, either the tuesday or thursday meeting gets buried and we lose continuity of thought and documentation.
Since all our chats have timestamps and user names - if the two meetings involve the same people, the same permissions to the channel/team - why then can we not merge the chats and/or meetings together into a seamless 'topic'? I can't find this anywhere and it seems MSteams does not see this as important. However, it would be very useful to group conversations into a 'view' of like topics, especially for a manager of a project with different branches pursuing specific tasks. Sometimes two different teams end up colliding when their operating space IRL merges and then the teams history should be capable of mirroring that merge digitally. This has happened to my teams and we have to kill old meetings and start new ones and then we don't 'lose' stuff but we lose time having to have another person from one meeting/team try to dig up an old resource or an old chat on a particular topic.
All the best, hope this gets implemented one day.
Looks like dev doesn't want to implement this must have features... https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16930585-drag-chat-messages-to-merge-them-into-one-reply-th
Ryoji Nakase commented
VOTE! This feature would be absolutely useful when managing a Team with various levels of technical skill and ensuring smooth collaboration between users. This permissions should be for Team Owners only.
Alex Assis commented
Absolutely, I used to work with a similar tool call Flowdock by Rally Software (later CA Technologies, no Broadcom) and that was one of the frequent requests that they ended up developing... a major hit with end-users.
MS Teams would benefit a lot from this feature as well...
Very often people don't realize there is a difference between REPLY and START NEW CONVERSATION ... therefore we should be able to merge threads when folks "derail" the conversation....
Ariel Daniel commented
I completely agree this feature is required, and I would like to point out that the issue has been raised, and rejected in the past. When evaluating how much this feature is wanted, it would be appropriate to check the upvotes from past threads as well.
This is absolutely needed. Users keep starting new conversations instead of replying.
There must be a way to merge. Even old forum boards had this feature out of the box back in the days.
Just wanted to add my two cents worth. It is so easy to start a new thread instead of responding to the one you meant to respond to. The ability to MERGE is an absolute necessity OR rework the UI so that starting a new thread is is just a bit more cumbersome so that users realize BEFORE they post that they are starting a new thread.
Lack of this feature keeps me using Slack.
It comes to be impossible to keep the channel clean with larger and more active groups.
Chad Smith commented
This needs to happen. It's one of the biggest flaws in the UI.
The fact that so many users start new threads rather than reply to existing ones shows that the UI is not good enough.
Brian Kneebone commented
100% this! As someone who is just trying to get to use teams efficiently, people ***** up replies and forget to reply in-thread. It's a losing game. This would be huge.
Jimmy Stokes commented
Especially needed for complex research and application concepts. What is new is old and old is new in research and a way to keep concepts combined would be extremely helpful.
Can a small suggestion list (~ 3 previous threads)populate to show a user this topic has come up before? This may encourage users to those threads before blasting the post with questions and clutter. It also would connect users to those who know the topic and ultimately drive collaboration. Users seem less likely to search all the way at the top and then roll all the way to the bottom to post their questions/content. Bring the top three similar searches to the post reply.
At the minimum make it so that there's a confirmation before starting a new conversation. That shouldn't be difficult.
I think this is a great idea, as new users to teams usually do not see the difference between a new thread and a reply. This would make the channels way more clean and organized.
There are two other ideas in User Voice for this, too:
I second this, absolutely makes sense from an admin POV and it is necessary to keep "digital hygiene" standards high.