Welcome to the Chef mailing list! This is the web interface for the Chef mailing list, powered by Discourse. This topic is a work-in-progress to get people up to speed with Discourse.
What is this website?
This website is the front-end for the Chef mailing list. This includes both the old
chef-dev mailing lists. Through the website you can adjust your subscription settings, view the archives, and reply to posts (if you prefer a web form instead of sending emails).
Why was I subscribed to this?
Your subscription was carried over from the old Chef mailing list. For a brief time on October 13th we imported an incorrect list of subscribers, so some users were receiving emails despite having previously unsubscribed from the mailing list. We apologize for this and it has now been corrected.
Chef RFC 28 was created to plan out migrating off of our old mailing list software, Sympa. Sympa is relatively old and creaky, and was generally not meeting our needs. Originally we tried moving to Google Groups, but this migration had to be aborted due to quota issues on the Google side. Discourse provides a high-quality web interface, while still offering email integration.
This mailing list isn't exactly a mailing list.
This isn't technically a question, but yes, we apologize for the dust and are working to get things back to A+++ mailing list-ness. If you have suggestions for new features you would like to see added, please create a new thread under the Chef Forums Feedback category and we'll try to get it set up ASAP!
How do I post to this mailing list?
You can create new topic threads via the Discourse web interface or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (for the
chef category) or email@example.com (for
chef-dev). For categories other than
chef-dev new topics need to be created via the web interface. You can always reply to outbound messages to join in an existing thread, no matter the category.
How do I unsubscribe from this mailing list?
The way to unsubscribe from Discourse is to open your user preferences and disable email notifications. You'll have to log in to your account here on Discourse, which likely means resetting your Discourse password.
The Discourse team wrote up a great guide to this process at https://discourse.chef.io/t/update-on-notifications-from-discourse/7063.
How do I unsubscribe from only
Chef Delivery or any other category?
Instead of having separate mailing lists, we now have a single Discourse server with many categories. Each post is filed in a category, and you can subscribe or mute at the category level. You can approach things from either end, subscribe to all new topics and mute categories that don't interest you watch only specific categories. You can find the subscription controls on the category pages (chef, chef-dev, delivery, and feedback):
You can adjust your subscribe-to-all setting in your user preferences:
Chef Delivery category? Where is that?
When we created the Chef Delivery category every current member had this category Muted by default so as to minimize the emails you receive. You can update your preferences to un-mute the category or simply browse the category.
Why can't I delete my account?
As with most mailing lists, once a message is sent it is part of the public archives. This means that the idea of deleting accounts is kind of tricky. We are working to add support for deleting all your non-public personal information, but for now your best bet is to unsubscribe as detailed above. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working hard to make sure that Discourse supports everything we need to have a great public archive while still respecting user privacy. We apologize for the dust, and are trying to get this rectified as soon as possible.
Things That Are Still In-Progress
You can reply to existing Discourse threads via email, though it can take up to five minutes for an incoming email to be sent back out to all subscribers.
The old Sympa instance is back up in read-only mode pending a more complete solution for the future.
We are working with Discourse to add more mailing-list-y features like improved threading, plain text emails, and one-click unsubscribe. If you have suggestions for more of these kinds of features, please add them in replies below!
Meet the Moderators
We currently have six people helping out with moderation and site admin duties:
Please feel free to message any of us if you have questions or concerns about anything here on Discourse. If you see any posts with objectionable content, please use the Flag Post option and we'll look at it as soon as possible.