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Re: [RFC] mailing list host

From: Alan Barrett <apb_at_cequrux.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:47:14 +0200

On Tue, 10 Nov 2009, Hyrum K. Wright wrote:
> What about running the two lists in parallel for a couple of weeks,
> and adding a notice to the footer indicating that users_at_s.t.o will
> disappear on a given day? I don't like the long-term idea of having
> to subscribe and monitor Yet Another List, but doing so in the short
> term to get people to migrate sounds reasonable.

People often move mailing lists without forcing users to
unsubscribe/resubscribe, and without fracturing into disjoint old and
new lists. I am astonished that the subversion community is even
considering fracturing the lists.

I am sure you can figure out the technical details of how to do it, but
from a user perspective, I want:

  * At least 7 days' notice of what the changes will be, so I can adjust
    my email filters, aliases, bookmarks, expectations.

  * I stay subscribed to the list, but I notice that messages have
    different headers indicating that the list has moved.

  * subscribe or help messages, or attempts at posting, when sent to the
    old addresses, either return a useful error message referring to the
    new procedure, or simply forward to the new addresses.

  * new archive contains both old and new messages.

  * old archive URLs to continue to work for a long time (at least
    for old messages but not necessarily for new messages), possibly
    via HTTP redirects to a new archive location.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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