We seem to be settling in to our new mailing list and discussion forum software here on https://discourse.chef.io.
I wanted to take a few minutes to walk through the migration process and apologize for the rough road we’ve traveled to get here.
First and foremost, I’m sorry that the migration hasn’t been as seamless and painless as possible. There were some technical challenges and little communication about the migration. Both of which led to a rough transition. I apologize for that and hope that you’ll agree we are now in a place to move forward with a stronger, more feature-rich place for community discussions.
The migration did include moving over every message from the old lists.opscode.com site into our new Discourse-based site. Instead of having multiple lists, we now have one forum that includes many categories (chef, chef-dev, Chef Delivery, and Chef Forums Feedback as I write this post).
As part of the migration, we also moved user accounts to Discourse. However, our script for doing so was flawed. Anyone who had participated in either of the previous lists were migrated and auto-subscribed to all messages posted on Discourse. However, anyone who had subscribed to, but not participated in, the previous lists were not migrated. This led to a lot of unwanted email in the first 24 hours or so of the migration. The current state of accounts is that email alerts on every message have been disabled and migrated users are now only watching the categories to which they’d previously subscribed. Of course, every member here has the ability to change their subscription and other settings in the preferences section of their account.
We held a session at the Chef Community Summit in Seattle to address this migration. Notes from that session can be found on in the Summit wiki.
The Discourse team has been extremely helpful and responsive in this migration. Needless to say, we’ve all learned a lot about how to make Discourse act more like a standard mailing list. Our community suffered for a bit but the next migration similar to this should go much smoother for anyone else moving from a traditional mailing list to Discourse.
Since migrating to Discourse, we’ve added two new categories to the system: Chef Delivery, and Chef Forums Feedback. Many members had the Chef Delivery category ‘muted’ in their preferences. If you’d like to see these messages, please un-mute this category in your preferences.
Discourse is not a mailing list. It offers a much nicer and feature-rich web user interface. Discourse offers capabilities that go beyond a mailing list that I encourage you to explore. I truly believe this will lead to much more productive and engaging conversations that we were able to have with our legacy mailing list.
In addition to the Discourse team, @coderanger has been very helpful in smoothing out the rough edges of the migration and helping us get the new system configured. Thank you, Noah.
We and the team at Discourse are extremely interested in your feedback. What can we do to improve your experience? Please post feedback as a reply to this message or start new threads in the Chef Forums Feedback category.