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An error occurred while saving the commentCraig Fowler commented
It's useful to use a channel for a focussed discussion on a specific topic by members of an existing team. It doesn't even have to be a whole project, perhaps a tricky aspect of a project. This way, related discussion is kept in one place, team members who are not interested/have nothing to contribute avoid seeing extra noise in the channels they usually use, but the discussion is transparent/visible to the whole team.
Once these discussions have come to their conclusion, it makes sense to archive the channels. Their contents would be preserved but their access permissions become read-only unless an administrator undoes the archival. Archived channels should be hidden from the channel listing (perhaps only reachable via a new "see archived channels" feature).
Currently the only option appears to be to delete the old channel, which would have the unwanted side-effect of deleting their contents. In our org (and I suspect many others) we cannot have that because the channel contents must be kept on-record for future reference.
An alternative which would suffice for us would be to be able to export a channel's contents (discussions etc) to an archival file format. PDF would be fine for us. This would enable us to keep a record of the contents in a read-only format, and then it would be reasonable for us to go ahead and delete the channel.Craig Fowler supported this idea ·