I am using this thread for talking about configuration features. I am sending one by one, as I am finding them.
First, the two next features should be turned on by deafult:
Send me an email for every new post (unless I mute the topic or category)
Send me email notifications even when I am active on the site
Consequently, the next one should be turned off:
When I don’t visit here, send an email digest of what’s new:
That’s for the people used to use discussions in the form of mailing lists, as our primary discussions are in the form of the mailing lists. If anyone wants to use Discourse as forum, that person would have to reverse those features.
*I have renamed the title. [Discourse Pilot for Wikimedia] => [Wikimedia Discourse]
*I created a top category wikimedia-l, moved posts in the subcategory wikimedia-l within parent category Wikimedia mailingslists to the new top category, deleted the said subcategory, and deleted the said parent category. Now new posts in a (top) category will have as subject line [“name of top category”].
I guess it is OK to resuscitate this old thread, since not much activity has happened since then.
This configuration would work in a setup where one Discourse instance would cover only one mailing list. However, the situation changes if one Discourse instance covers many mailing lists. It is more likely that new Discourse users want to start clean and then “subscribe” to the categories they are interested, as opposed to start with a flood of emails and then “unsubscribe” from the categories (mailing lists) they are not interested about.
As for the digest, I think it is more useful than not by default, because it gives users a view of the most relevant activities going on beyond the categories (mailing lists) they are subscribed to. I think it is better to have it enabled by default, and let users to change this in their preferences.
In general this is how I see users transitioning from mailing lists to Discourse, if this pilot is ever successful:
Mailing list X (let’s say wikimedia-l) exists, and the user is subscribed to it.