I’m currently running a number of mailman based technical discussion mailing lists.
I’ve been playing around with Discourse and really like it. I’m considering switching from mailing lists to discourse.
The issue is, I want to make the conversion of the lists to discourse as painless to my subscribers as possible.
To this end, I’d like to find a way to add each lists subscribers email to the discourse instance and have them automatically have them watching the topic that corresponds to the list and also have them (initially) in mailing list mode.
The first time each subscriber is added, they would be set to mailing list mode and watching the topic they are subscribed to and muted for all other topics. When a new list is migrated, if the email address already exists in the user database, they would set to watching the new topic but the mailing list flag would not be changed.
I’m a programmer (mainly RPG & Java) so hacking some code together isn’t a big deal if the database is straight forward.
Does what I am describing make sense to you? Is it feasible?