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.
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.