I dug into the Discourse docs a bit, and chatted with one of the admins.
Here’s what I’ve uncovered:
New users can’t start new email threads, or reply to individuals on a
thread. To progress past the ‘new user’ state, you must log into the
site, view 5 threads, and wait 24 hours. (I’ve filed a bug to remove
or relax the new user restrictions, and another to ask the admins to
document these requirements.)
About email addresses: the main address is only used to start new threads;
replies should use the unique reply-to message.
I’m going to add these facts to the development category sticky post.
Note that your new email address (associated with a ‘_flod’ account) has
been bumped to a higher trust level; the admins in #communityIT can do this
on request. In other words, both your email addresses should now be working
Other fun details:
Because you emailed the list from an unknown address, Discourse
auto-created an account with the username _flod. You can change the
username by logging into the Discourse website with that same email address.
New users are rate limited by default. This may also explain why some of
your messages seem to have disappeared.
Apparently Discourse should send some kind of reply email if an email is
blocked; that’s a bug that is being investigated now.