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Re: [RFC] mailing list host

From: Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_at_hyrumwright.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:41:06 -0600

On Nov 11, 2009, at 2:47 AM, Alan Barrett wrote:

> 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.

Oh, I'd really prefer not to. That was just an olive branch to folks who think we should be doing them in parallel. :)

> 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.

This is really good information. Thanks for helping us understand your perspective.


Received on 2009-11-11 15:41:21 CET

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