I have been exploring group inboxes and wanting to turn it on for more groups in my community, but held up by the group inbox/archive accessed via the message sidebar. It looks a bit quirky and will get overly long the more groups a member is in. Also, a longstanding bug prevents group inboxes from going away when there are no messages in it.
It occurs to me that, in our community at least, having a separate group inbox and archive really only makes sense for a team inbox. For the vast majority of people who are in a group and being included in personal messages, they don’t need to have a separate group inbox/archive at all… they would be happy to just see the occasional group messages they receive interspersed with the rest of their personal messages in their inbox. When they are done reading they can move it to their own archive. When they leave the group, the messages would no longer be displayed.
This is something users could be allowed to turn on/off for all groups via their user preferences - and presto! All the confusing group inboxes would disappear! For teams using groups for support ticketing, a group admin setting could be provided to always display a specific group inbox.
I of course don’t know the technical implications of such a change and if other communities are facing a similar challenge with group messaging, but thought I’d put it out there for discussion.