>> My concern is making it happen as painlessly as possible for the users.
> Believe it or not, the least painful way of doing it is to require all
> subscribers to unsubscribe from the old list and subscribe to the new one
> (with associated un/zubscription instructions). This goes a long way
> towards avoiding problems of zubscribers forgetting where the list should
> be (and as a nice benefit, everyone gets an up-to-date copy of the list's
> info file).
Been around that block once, converting a 'Pegasus dialup mailing list' to
majordomo. It was a once-a-week one-way outbound distribution list, archives
were not a concern. (See below.) After six weeks of 'please move your
subscriptions' prefaces only about half of 150 people moved, so I finally said
'screw it' and moved them manually.
My other 'almost greater' concern than the user's welfare is the accuracy of
the list archives. If I have two lists going I have two archives. More of a
pita to align them than anything else in this process.
I guess one fix for that could be: set the old list to moderated, move all the
files -except- the mailing list file as I previously described, and do an ADMIN
post to the old list asking users to move their sub. Anything addressed to the
old list bounces, I get a second chance to remind the user to move their
subscription. Still a pita.
Further pita with this is folks who need an 'approve' manual intervention to
unsub -and- then resub. [sigh]
Another 'plus' for my original idea is that it's a very technical list,
everyone one it is 'admin/geek' types who already understand 'mail stuff'.
Thanks much. Have a :) day!