Yes, force-migrating people (i.e. creating discourse accounts for them without asking for their consent) might be one way to go. Technically. And for some communities this may be acceptable. But I wouldn’t say it’s ethically the best way to do it.
Seconddly, I’d imagine that it is not totally unusual that you want to merge multiple mailing lists into one forum (in the case of basic mailman or sympa lists) or that you have a segmented list à la Mailchimp where you target different audiences with different newsletters or what not. In both cases, your former mailinglist (or mailinglist segment) will probably translate into groups that are watching their respective categories. If you just force move everyone over to discourse, you’re really pushing them into a rather different environment that what they had before, especially with the summary emails that may have little to do with their original topic of interest. - Yes, they can turn those off with a few clicks, but then we’re back to the “couldn’t be bothered” part.
So, as much as we’d like to believe so, the migration to discourse is definitely not “seamless” and I don’t think it can be seamless in principle (because discourse is different, that’s what makes it great!) and that’s why I’m trying to find ways of transitioning across the seam as proposed in the OP.
I don’t mind this interesting discussion and I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one struggling with this kind of userbase:[quote=“tobiaseigen, post:8, topic:63609”]
this describes 90% of my community.
but, just as a reminder: the intention with this topic was to identify some best practices for a gradual transition “across the seam”. In particular, I am curious about, well, see title/OP