Make "Follow this channel" the default setting.
Usual Microsoft lack of UI intuition.
Channels should be followed by default with the user unfollowing it if they wish.
Thank you for the feedback. Changing the default setting is under review by the feature team, and your feedback is very useful as they are evaluating.
This is the biggest reason for Teams not to work in our company. People don't notice messages and it's cumbersome to try to explain to 100s of people how to start following a channel.
Ideally this feature should be able to be set to default on/off when you create each individual channel
Brent Cairns commented
It is hard to use the team feature when you have to go and manually follow a new channel so users can see when when posts a made
Tracy A. Cerise commented
This is the biggest reason we are still using Basecamp. Notifications for ALL channels should be on by default, and then allow for turning them off for those few, if any, channels you don't want notifications for.
Oliver Marshall commented
Is there a way to set the notifications to on for the whole channel in the settings somewhere?
Spencer Clark commented
Yes. Big source of confusion for new Teams users.
This is currently a major flaw with teams. What this has done is make people misuse the important flag to send out notifications, which is more frustrating because you can't skip those notifications at all.
[Deleted User] commented
Seems like a no-brainer. Which of course is why they won't do this.
This is a major problem with Teams, in my opinion. We almost quit using it altogether - before we found this setting.
Also make it visible (icon?) that you follow/join a channel. It was not clear that I didn't receive notifications, because I wasn't following a channel.
In Slack it is much clearer how to join/leave a channel. Never had a problem with Slack, but in Teams I was confused.
I wish there was at least a user setting that let this happen. It's annoying that I get added to a team and if I forget to follow it I will miss out on a day or more of posts until I remember to follow it.
Barring that, they should default to opt-out
Channels now have their own notification settings but they're currently opt-in. They should recursively follow the notification settings for the Team, then the global settings.