Mailing List Migration


tl;dr - The mailing list will be offline for about an hour at 3PM GMT on
February 9, 2015. Messages and subscriptions will be moved to the new
Google Groups.

Since January of 2009 [0], the Chef Community has been exchanging ideas,
debating features, and helping one another on the mailing lists hosted at These lists have served us well over the years but have
not been without their own issues. Moving off of the current mailing list
technology was first discussed in earnest back in June of 2012 [1]. Since
then we’ve had a number of failed migration attempts, false starts, and
hundreds of messages with the a subject that starts with “Re: Re: Re:…”.

Julian Dunn proposed RFC 28 [2] and that was accepted by the community
through our RFC process [3].

It’s time to say good bye. Starting next week, we’re moving to google


The cutover to Google Groups will happen on Monday, February 9. We expect
mailing list to be offline starting at 3PM GMT / 10AM EST / 7AM PST and
them to be unavailable for about an hour.

Where will the new lists be?

The Chef Users mailing list will move to!forum/chef. The new
address will be

The Chef Developers mailing list will move to!forum/chef-dev. The new
address will be

What will happen to my list subscriptions?

All subscribers will be migrated to the respective Google Group
and will be subscribed to individual messages. You may login to modify
subscription preferences for each group after the migration has been

What will happen to the current messages on the mailing lists?

All messages from will be migrated to the respective

Can I access the Google Groups now?

The Google Groups are currently available for read-only access. We will
let you
know when emails to the new list will be accepted.

What other questions do you have?

Simply post them in the discussion below or reply to this message and we’ll
our best to answer your question promptly.


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