[Libreoffice-qa] Next steps for the Discourse Community instance

sophi sophi at libreoffice.org
Thu Apr 28 13:50:00 UTC 2022

Hi all,

As you are aware, we are conducting a test on Discourse to move on some 
mailing lists. It is not possible to bridge mailing lists and have a 
Nabble like gateway.

Here are the options:

- have a Discourse category only hosting a project (like Documentation, 
UX/Design). Contributors can post directly in the forum or follow the 
discussion and participate via notifications (received by mail). 
Subscribers to the mailing list can be mass subscribed to Discourse and 
the mailing list will be closed

- for Native Language Projects: we could have the same as above with sub 
categories per sub projects, see for example pt-BR who has Docs - 
Qualidade - Geral as sub categories

- have both mailing list and the corresponding Discourse category with 
no cross communication channel between the two.

- have Discourse read-only category mirroring a mailing list for example 
the Announce lists.

- have only a mailing list and nothing on Discourse.

- for users at mailing lists, we won't create a user category on Discourse 
Community because it will be redundant with the Discourse Ask instance. 
So either you keep the mailing lists or if your language is not yet 
there, we create a corresponding category on Ask.

This decision shall be taken by project and by each native language 
community. For example the Brazilian and the Spanish communities have 
already decided to go to the first option (Discourse only). It seems 
that Documentation will have both for the moment.

Discourse Community test instance is here:
Please have a look at the archives we imported and let us know if you 
see issues or if you want to see how it works for your project.

Redmine ticket with all the details:
(and a *big thanks* to Guilhem for all his great work on this)
Please read https://redmine.documentfoundation.org/issues/3567#note-15
and further on archives migration.

How to proceed next?
Discuss with your project or your native language community and let us 
know what you decided among the above options. I've set the reply to 
this mail to go on the website list.

When you let us know your decision, I'll send you another mail 
containing several questions about the migration type we need to proceed 
(mass subscribing list subscribers to the forum, import archive or not, 
retain addresses, etc.)

We would like to launch the instance at the beginning of June (as some 
communities are really impatient after the test ;) but of course if you 
are not decided at that moment, it's still possible to create new 
categories once the instance is in production.

Don't hesitate to come back to me if you have questions.


Sophie Gautier sophi at libreoffice.org
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IRC: soph
Foundation coordinator
The Document Foundation

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