We would prefer that SharePoint page recommendations be turned off by default. This was not a well thought out idea and now we will need to instruct our site owners how to turn off this feature on 1000s of SharePoint site collections.
This is awful and provides no value.
Completely agreed. Good intentions to create something like this but it seems like it's created without any input from customers! Innovation great, execution terrible. The AI is really poor and isn't smart. At least give some control to organisations such as 'disabled at the tenant level' and the ability to specify the types of content to connect to it.
Agreed! Also, when I DO turn it off, I don't expect it to then still appear on the page in edit mode though the toggle on the web part doesn't work. This is infuriatingly confusing.
I also agree with the other comments. I should be able to remove this and it, along with comments, should be default off. I should not have to repeatedly check every time I make even a minor update to a published page that the comments and recommendations are as I expect them to be.
Please allow us to remove this completely if we do not want it.
Jennifer Wells commented
Agree, recommendations (and comments) should default to "off". It should be a deliberate "on" choice made by the site owner.
A Meyer commented
I just posted in the MS Community about the same thing. Here are a few reasons why I agree with the OP.
SHOULD DEFAULT TO OFF
If a new feature HAS to be pushed out to users (forced onto our site pages), that feature should always default to the least impactful state. In this case, Recommendations should default to OFF. Here is an example of why:
I edited something in the top part of a very lengthy page. I did not scroll to the bottom. I republished the page. The page then appeared with the Recommendations at the bottom. Luckily, I noticed and turned it off. Now, when I edit any of my many existing pages for the first time, I must always scroll to the bottom and turn off Recommendations before I publish. MS should not implement something that changes the way my already-published page looks.
SHOULD BE REMOVABLE
I want to be able to REMOVE this web part. Even when it is turned off, it takes up screen space and is distracting to me. At a minimum, it should collapse when turned off.
DISABLED WEB PART IS A MESS
I followed the instructions to Deactivate SharePoint Recommendations via Manage site features. The ability to DISPLAY recommendations was indeed removed. But the web part is still there on the pages!! AND, it still defaults to ON. When the page is published, Recommendations do not display. I cannot MAKE the recommendations display with the on/off toggle. Why would the web part still display in Edit mode and why can I still toggle it on and off? My site owners are not going to understand this.
Despite the fact that the web part still appears in Edit mode, I will probably deactivate this feature on our hub site and all 25 member sites. That’s just enough sites to be tedious, but not enough to write a script. But better than going through hundreds of pages.