I am interested in introducing Discourse as an alternative interface to the existing user list for the Apache Spark project. Apache Spark, like many other ASF projects, has a few associated mailing lists that are managed by a program called ezmlm-idx.
The ASF maintains these mailing lists and will likely not support any project wanting to move off of them. (It would be great if, for example, the Discourse team worked directly with the ASF on some kind of initiative to give all Apache projects the option to use Discourse for their user or dev lists. But that is not likely in the near term, I’m guessing.)
Is there a way one can deploy Discourse (perhaps with some loss of functionality) and bridge it to an existing mailing list managed elsewhere?
I’m looking for a way to give the community most of the neat functionality in Discourse without forcing existing mailing list users to do anything or asking the ASF to support anything other than a bridge between their mailing lists and Discourse.
There are many discussions on here about using Discourse as a mailing list or bridging to a mailing list (1, 2, 3, 4), but there is so much information scattered across all these threads that it’s not clear whether this is currently possible or planned. (Apologies if this new post is contributing to the problem; feel free to merge it in to another thread if appropriate/possible.) The About and FAQ pages also don’t have detailed information about the mailing list functionality.