Add an option to meetings to allow people to remain in chat when joining by link
In response to
Feature ID: 68853
"Microsoft Teams: Update to meeting participant's access to meeting chat
When a person joins a meeting using a link, such as created by Outlook or their LMS, the person only has access to the chat for as long as they are active in the meeting. Once they leave the meeting, they are also removed from the chat.
This was a significant change to spring on us. We were using the old behavior to build communities. We would post the link to a weekly hour-long recurring meeting, open to all faculty. Those that were interested would join the weekly live session for the hour, then they would have access to the chat to continue exploring ideas the rest of the week. Over time we had built a community of close to 100 active participants.
With the change, new faculty can join the meeting as before, but they are excluded from the ongoing chat. Our community is now stagnant at the level it was before the change, and no new members are able to participate in the ongoing chat.
Also, it's impracticable to add the 1000+ faculty to a Team and expect them to participate. This community is meant to be opt-in, folks join if they are interested.
I would propose that meetings be given an option to allow ongoing access chat outside of the live meeting when joining by link.