REMINDER: New mailing list migration for SPDX tomorrow June 13

Manbeck, Jack



Hopefully you have seen the email from the Linux Foundation on the our mailing list migration which will occur tomorrow, June 13th. You can get an overview of the new feature’s here. I have re-printed the email from the LF below which has some specifics about the move, who to contact if you have issues and general information on what is.


There should be no impact for the general, technical and legal lists. The business list will change its name to outreach to complete the name change we did earlier. Other than that the migration should be seamless for you.


In addition to the above, whenever anyone signs up for the technical, legal or outreach lists they will be added to the general list (spdx) automatically which will become our main announcement only list (which is how it works today). This means, as part of the migration, if you were not subscribed to the general list you will be. This is a VERY low volume list used only for general announcement’s.


Should you run into any difficulties with the new list after the 13th use the assistance email in the mail below. Should you wish to explore using any of the new integration features of please discuss that within the relevant team for which it applies. Also, we may send one test email to each mailing list after the transition which can be deleted by you.


Again, there should be no action required by you as part of this move.


Best regards,


Jack Manbeck



LF email:




Greetings SPDX community!

The Linux Foundation has connected with a new vendor called, which provides mailing list services in a simple but modern interface. offers all of the capabilities of our existing Mailman mailing service plus additional community tools that make it an exceptional service solution.

We are planning to migrate your existing mailing list archives and user lists to on Wednesday June 13th starting at 9:30am PST.

The migration will include details on subscriber preferences and owner or moderator privileges.

Owners and Moderators: Please be aware pending memberships or posts (and similar pending moderation actions) in Mailman will not be preserved in this migration. We recommend re-checking for any such pending decisions and taking action on them within Mailman one hour prior to the start of the migration window.

During the migration window you will still be able to access the archives, however the delivery of messages sent to the mailing lists during this window will be delayed until after the migration of the archives and list members are complete. We will turn off new list signups during the migration window, then this functionality will be restored once it is complete.



What are the key differences between Mailman and

· has a modern interface, robust user security model, and interactive, searchable archives

· provides advanced features including muting threads and integrations with modern tools like GitHub, Slack, and Trello

· also has optional extras like a shared calendar, polling, chat, a wiki, and more

· uses a concept of subgroups, where members first join the project “group” (a master list, normally called "main"), then they choose the specific “subgroup” lists they want to subscribe to

How do the costs compare?

The Linux Foundation can provide project-branded accounts to projects for less cost than managing our in-house Mailman systems.

How is the experience different for me as a list moderator or participant?

In many ways, it is very much the same. You will still find the main group at your existing URL and sub-groups equate to the more focused mailing lists based on the community’s needs. Here is an example of main group and sub-group URL patterns, and their respective emails:




What is different is’s simple but highly functional UI that will make the experience of moderating or participating in the community discussions more enjoyable.

Where do I find the settings and owner/moderator tools?

If you’d like to learn more about using , please reference their help documentation. If you need assistance with, please email helpdesk@... for The Linux Foundation’s helpdesk.


Brendan OSullivan


Helpdesk Analyst

The Linux Foundation