Email Lists

Haudy Kazemi kaze0010 at
Fri Oct 14 09:27:06 EDT 2022


A few thoughts:

Is the idea that this will be self-hosted somewhere?

Or that it will be small enough to fit on the free service tiers? That is
50k monthly content requests like page/message/thread views and 5 GB

The paid tiers can get pricey:

Discourse does appear to offer email to forum bridging for those who prefer
to receive and send messages via an email client of their choice. Here is
one group's info about this topic:

As long as the list archives are available somewhere, I don't think it is
necessary to actually import those archives into a replacement tool or

I personally prefer email, at least for lower volume groups like this. It
seems a forum with a full bidirectional bridge to email would be
functionally equivalent.

I am not sure user import is necessary. Also, some people may not want to
be signed up on hosted Discourse or another service with their current
names/user accounts/email addresses.

An alternative approach is a self-signup period, announced regularly on the
current list, where everyone is encouraged to signup in the new space but
not use it for posting except testing.

Then follow up with a cutover date where all posts should go to the new
system, and old system is made read only (except for sending a few more
sign up reminder messages).


On Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 05:00 Gary Kramlich <grim at> wrote:

> Greetings Programs!
> As some of you may be aware, we've been in the process of transitioning
> our email lists to a new server. Well, managing email in 2022 is tedious
> and unforgiving so it's taking forever and I always have a ton more on
> my plate that's easier to do.
> As such, the idea has come up to migrate to Discource instead. Because
> of this, I'm trying to see how others feel about this and how we should
> go about importing things. They are listed below.
> I've tried looking to see if I can anonymize the archive, but haven't
> found anything mentioning that as a possibility yet.
> Please respond as soon as possible as I would really like to start on
> this migration no later than 2022-10-14.
> When it comes to this migration, are you for or against it? (Please
> answer yes/no/doesn't matter)
> When it comes to this migration, would you like to have users imported
> into the new system? (Please answer yes/no/doesn't matter)

It is pretty to not require signing up again.

> When it comes to the archives, would you prefer to have it imported into
> the new system? (Please answer yes/no/doesn't matter)
> Thanks!
> --
> Gary Kramlich <grim at>
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