Discoverable Private Channels
It would be useful to have discoverable private channels (just like we have discoverable private teams)
i.e. it is important for a channel to be private in a team that is shared within your company and the client
We've same issue with discoverable private teams.
That options was introduced and then has been removed back on August 30th.
We are back to square 1 and this has serious impact on companies' workflows as employees can't find private teams anymore.
It leaves you with 2 choices.
Have public teams/channels where employees have full access to it, or private ones with restricted access but that nobody can request access for because they are not discoverable.
Missing the 3rd option where teams/channels can be discoverable private or restricted public.
Idea is that they can be searched for but that to join it, you need to request access to the owner(s).
Similar request for teams is tobe found here: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/20588344-add-moderated-public-team-request-to-join-as-an
Glen Belostock commented
By having an ability with Channel Management in a Team to set it as discoverable when the channel is private will allow members of the team who are not in the channel to request access. When a private channel is hidden and Team Owners failed to include someone of value or importance, there is little recourse unless the channel members realize the omission. If the private channel was allowed to be discoverable, then team members have a chance to request access and be granted by the channel owners. This will improve inclusion to channels while protecting the privacy of the channel. If a named private channel by the nature of its name must remain secret, then do not allow it to be discoverable. Put this control in the Team owners and channel owners hands. Private channel then would have similar capability as a private team.
This would help with maintenance / admin of Team Channels to know what exists by setting Channels to Private but also be able to search/see and request to join them.
This is popular in this forum: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams/make-private-channel-visible-for-all-ms-team-members/m-p/1010529