Separate permission to start conversation and reply for General channel
Add an additional option for the General channel where "Only owners can start a new conversation, but anyone can reply" similar to the new moderation option for other channels.
Mariel Vargas commented
I like the ability to restrict new posts to owners only, but I need team members to be able to REPLY to my posts and announcements!
This is extremely necessary. I want feedback and engagement on the posts and announcements I am making.
This is URGENT!
I actually thought we had that before already..
Agreed! In our remote school setting, our general channel gets clogged and important information gets "lost" quickly. Wish we could enable students to REPLY to an announcement or post, but NOT have the ability to create a new post/start a new conversation.
Jessica Barcelo commented
So many times coworkers are starting new conversations instead of replying to the thread we are discussing which leads to difficulty linking those one off messages that are not attached to the original conversation. I think that if the start new conversation were off to the side in like a little bubble that you literally need to click on to expand and see all of the edit options/emoji/etc would help to alleviate this issue. For example how the Join a team has a little symbol in front of it. A different symbol could be used and once you click it then it would open the text box to start a new conversation.
Matthew Weber commented
PLEASE do this! As a teacher, it's miserable to post a message and ask students to reply to it directly if they also have the ability to post a new conversation.
Why is the General Channel treated differently than any other channel when it comes to moderation capabilities? We would like to use our company-wide Teams General Channel as an "announcements" channel that only owners can post in, but we want non-owners to be able to reply and ask questions. We don't want to create another "Announcements" channel since General is already available, has historical conversations, and you can't hide the General channel!
General Channel moderation seems like a no-brainier given the functionality of other channels.