Marking Messages as "Awaiting Reply"
I find myself very often marking messages I have read as "Unread" in an effort to remind myself to reply at a later time. This is often when colleagues request a task from me, like giving feedback or answering a few questions.
To be nice, I often however reply to the person as well, saying that I will get back to them for this.
The problem with this is, that I am actually misusing the "unread" feature to remind myself of tasks. Assitionally, these tasks may actually quickly get lost due to other messages coming in. Furthermore, it often happens that I mark messages as unread and ultimately, they lose their position in the message-overview on the left because other people are messaging me, whose chats will be sorted higher than the ones that I had marked unread.
I would thus want to suggest an option to mark a specific message as "Awating reply" which shows a slightly different behavior than just "unread". Firstly, it would be great to get the list of messages/people "Awaiting replies" as a small section on the top of my message navigation. Secondly, it would be great to get a separate icon on the message channel, which marks the number of messages awaiting replies. Lastly, it would be great to get an easy way on desktop to get back to particular messages - like you can on mobile - but this is maybe secondary here.
This would really help me to keep an overview of my messaging and tasks and be a better colleague by forgetting to get back to my colleagues less frequently.