I am in the process of migrating a handful of related mailing lists (google groups, actually) to private categories in a new Discourse instance. These are people (about 50) who all work for the same organization and are required as part of their job to be in these mailing lists. We don’t care about the archives, just the users.
I’ve spent some time searching meta for info on this and seem to be either sent to the import scripts (which are about importing from forums including content and require programming) or to the invite system (which requires acceptance of invitation by the user).
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the invite system seems inappropriate because we just want to copy over the lists and have them working in discourse just as they were working on google groups before. We do not want to have to chase down everyone and make sure they click to accept the invitation before they start getting emails and are able to send emails.
If anyone has used the import scripts with success just to import say a CSV of users along the lines of the invite system, I’d really appreciate a HOWTO on the steps to getting it done.