Stopping Replies to Teams Conversations

Block Replies to Topics When Posting Messages

As you probably know, Microsoft introduced channel moderation to Teams some time ago. Another associated feature is the ability for team members to block replies to a topic. Although this doesn’t sound like functionality that fits with the openness mantra of Teams, it’s actually a good idea, especially when making organizational announcements when you don’t reall want to encourage replies.

When someone starts a new topic, they have the choice to allow everyone in the team to reply or to limit replies to the original author and channel moderators (Figure 1).

Only the author and channel moderators can reply to this announcement
Figure 1: Only the author and channel moderators can reply to this announcement

When replies are restricted for a conversation, only the author and channel moderators see the option to add a reply. Everyone else sees the post without a reply option (Figure 2).

No reply option is available to non-moderators
Figure 2: No reply option is available to non-moderators

No Need for Moderators

Teams uses moderators to restrict who can add topics to channels, but you don’t need to enable channel moderation to restrict replies. If specific moderators aren’t defined for the channel, team owners serve in their place.


Need more information about Teams? Read Chapter 11 of Office 365 for IT Pros to discover how Teams works and Chapter 12 to investigate the finer details of Teams management.

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