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Email replies to announcements - how to *completely* disable?

It is not clear to students that a reply to an announcement email will be visible to the whole class, so my goal is to make it impossible for students to post replies to announcements.

I created a test site today, and disabled comments on announcements in the Settings > "More Options" section. Then, I created an announcement.  I received the email in my external client and replied with a message, but the reply showed up in canvas.  


My expectation would be that disabling comments would disable all comments.  In this case, it would be helpful to understand why it isn't working that way: is this happening because I, as a Teacher, replied to my own announcement? What would happen if a Student replied to the email? 

Is there any way to completely disable replies to announcements?



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