You can delete a conversation post, comment, or reply in a conversation. In late summer 2021,  Yammer expects to roll out a feature that will display a deletion message for when posts and top-level comments are deleted.

Screenshot showing the message displayed when a conversation post or comment has been deleted in Yammer

The deletion message will preserve the context for a conversation. This is helpful, for example, if there are comments or nested replies related to the deleted content. People can see that the conversation thread originally included additional content.

Note: Deletion messages will not apply to nested replies, which is another feature that is expected to be available in late summer 2021.

  1. Click on the overflow menu : to the right of the conversation starter post. If you’re deleting a comment, click on the overflow menu : underneath a comment.
    Screenshot showing the menu in Yammer for deleting a conversation starter post

  2. Select Delete.

  3. When the dialog box appears to confirm that you want to delete the post or comment, select Delete. The deleted content is replaced with a deletion message.

.Screenshot showing the message that appears when deleting content on the web

Delete a post or comment on mobile

  1. Click on the overflow menu : to the right of the starter post. If deleting a comment, click on the overflow menu : underneath a comment.
    Screenshot showing the mobile deletion menu

  2. Select Delete.

  3. When the dialog box appears to confirm that you want to delete the post or comment, select Delete. The deleted content is replaced with a deletion message.
    Screenshot showing the image that appears when you delete a post in Yammer.

FAQ

Q: Will deleting nested replies result in deletion messages?

A: No. Deletion messages are only created for starter posts and comments that have child messages associated with them. This preserves the context around the deleted content. Since nested replies cannot have any child messages, deleting a nested reply won’t result in a deletion message.

Q: How does the experience with existing or legacy conversations differ between classic and new Yammer?

A: The following describes the different experiences, including whether or not the original conversation was started in classic or new Yammer.

In new Yammer:

In new Yammer, existing legacy threads will enable the creation of new nested replies. The older in reply to messages stay as top-level comments for now. On legacy threads, where the conversation starter post has been deleted previously, you’ll soon see deletion messages in place of those deleted conversation starters. Top-level comments that were deleted previously are not replaced by deletion messages, since legacy comments did not have any child messages associated with them.

In classic Yammer (and other older clients):
For both existing and new threads on classic Yammer (and other older clients),  the flat conversational model will continue, without nesting of replies. Any nested reply created on new Yammer continues to show up as a top-level comment ordered chronologically on classic Yammer and older clients. On classic Yammer (and other older clients), in threads where the conversation starter is deleted (previously or in the future), the existing behavior stays as is. The first comment on the thread is promoted to take the place of the deleted conversation starter post. Classic Yammer and the older clients will also not support any of the other new features introduced with nested replies.

Q: How will nested replies and deletion messages work on older clients that don’t support this feature?

A: Older clients that don’t support these features will continue to show a flat conversations model, with new nested replies from newer clients showing up as top-level comments ordered chronologically. Deletion behavior will also be the same as what existed before we deletion messages were introduced. 

Q: Are nested replies and the associated features available on external networks?

A: No, at this moment this feature is not available on external networks.

Q: Is this feature available in the Yammer Integrations (Outlook Web, Teams Communities)?

A: These features are only available for now in new Yammer on web, Android, and iOS platforms. But we are working to enable this experience on Outlook web, Teams Communities, SharePoint, and the embed experience soon. 

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