Sending Bulk User Invites

(Arpit Jalan) #3

I haven’t tested it for that much users, but since the CSV file is processed in background thread, I believe that wouldn’t be a problem.

(Jeff Atwood) #4

10k emails sent to potential invited users might cause problems with your email provider, though.

(arajvanshi) #7

I sent 300 invites and it is showing only top 30 in the “invites sent”. Rest 270 are completely invisible to me. I think you need to add pagination in the “invites sent” section.

(Arpit Jalan) #9

PR sent for this feature:

(Joshua Frank) #16

Is it possible to specify the user name as well. If the user’s address is, it defaults the user name to contact, and that’s a bad username. I can nag them to change it, but that’s an extra step and people aren’t doing it so far.

(Arpit Jalan) #17

This might be what you need:

(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #18

Would it be feasible to set a custom field value with this import process?

Bulk Invite - Custom Message. Is it possible?
(Tobias Eigen) #19

I just had an odd problem - I invited 33 people to a group and topic, and for some reason the people were invited to the wrong topic! This has messed me up unfortunately. What am I doing wrong? How can this happen? :frowning:

Am I right that the topic ID for this topic is 16468, gleaned from the URL:

Sending Bulk User Invites

My invite CSV contained lines like this:,Bloggers,2270,Bloggers,2270,Bloggers,2270

On my forum 2270 is a topic in the private Bloggers group that is specifically written to invite these people. Instead they were linked to a totally different topic!

(Jeff Atwood) #20

Topic id is the first number in the URL. Any repro @techapj?

(Tobias Eigen) #21

Thanks for looking into this - I feel like I’m in limbo as I don’t want to do any more inviting until I know what will happen. :slight_smile: Though I just did a test and will be able to send out individual invites directly to the topic, one at a time.

Three thoughts occurred to me since I posted this yesterday:

  1. is it possible that this failed because I was inviting people to a private group and a topic in a private category that only users in that private group can access? are there any limitations or considerations for the topic being invited to?
  2. I think I have seen this discussed elsewhere, but it would have been very helpful to have an intermediate step between uploading the CSV and actually performing the invite action. E.g. a quick preview of the first three emails that will be contacted and what the email will look like that will be sent out. There’d be links to go go forward to perform the invite or to go back to upload a new CSV.
  3. One way around all of this for my use case would have been to enable CSV uploads when inviting people directly to a topic, or simply to allow a list of comma-delimited email addresses instead of just allowing one. The max number allowed could be specified on the settings page. In my case a sane number would be 10.



(Arpit Jalan) #22

Weird, I just tested the same case, and it’s working fine for me. Can you please try this again on another private topic perhaps?

(Tobias Eigen) #23

I just tried it again using the exact same CSV file that I used on Friday, just changing the email address to a new test email… and it is now working correctly and as expected. I just checked in mandrill and yes, the original invites sent on Friday with this CSV invited the person to a different topic.

Chalk this one up to the mysteries of the interwebs?

> Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'assignBrowse' of null
> Url:
> Line: 26
> Column: 69
> Window Location:

Unable to upload file.

REQUEST_URI: /logs/report_js_error
HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/39.0.2171.71 Safari/537.36

  message: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'assignBrowse' of null
  line: 26
  column: 69
  stacktrace: TypeError: Cannot read property 'assignBrowse' of null

(Arpit Jalan) #26

@eviltrout fixed this issue:

Update your Discourse instance, this should be fixed now.

(Noneck) #29

I’m trying this and I keep getting the following error.

[2015-02-04 19:09:30 +0000] Invalid Email ‘Email’ at line number ‘1’
[2015-02-04 19:09:30 +0000] Invalid Group ‘open-data’ at line number ‘2’
[2015-02-04 19:09:30 +0000] Invalid Group ‘general-discussion’ at line number ‘2’

This is the CSV I am sending.


Note, this is a nested category and sits under a “working group” parent.

Group -
Topic -

What am I doing wrong? I’ve tried every group name permutation.


(Jeff Atwood) #30

Send your file to @techapj via PM and he will have a look.

(Kane York) #31

I think this means you need to remove the CSV header line.

That column is supposed to be security groups, not categories.

i.e. this page should exist:

(Compare to Talk | New York Civic Technology News & Discussion group hosted by BetaNYC, which does exist. Note that the ‘admin’ group is special - it’s calculated, and it’s special-cased in the inviter to grant admin.)

(Adam Nolan) #32

I just sent an invite to 3600 people and it worked fine. The e-mails went out through SES and the server did choke up for a little bit. But it worked. I’ve got about 15,000 I’ll be importing next.

Question for you… every time someone accepts the invitation it notifies me. Because there are SO many people joining, it pushes the legitimate “communication” PM’s out of the window and It’s difficult to hunt them down.

Is there a way to turn off notifications for invitations?

Cheers & thanks

  • Adam

(Kane York) #33

Next time, create a new account just for sending the notifications. :slight_smile: