Sending Notices

How to send notices out to users and customers to inform them of various actions on namespaces under their control

Overview of the process

At times the Support team will be asked to send notices to GitLab SaaS users or customers to inform them of actions that we have taken (or will be taking) on namespaces or projects under their control.

This workflow describes how to fulfill different types of contact requests and the helpful tools you can use in the process.

Tools and Approvals

Number of users Which thing to use Approvals required Notifications required
1-2 Manually create a Zendesk ticket None None
3+ Mass Emails through Marketing Department Director Support Readiness issue + FAQ

How to send notices

Most notices should be sent in the form of Zendesk tickets. Always send these tickets to users with Owner level permissions in the namespace or project in question.

Most contact requests will involve contacting all of the owners of only one project or only a few specific users. If you’re tasked with contacting the owners of a project and know that there’s only one, feel free to look up their email address using your admin account or ChatOps.

However, some contact requests may involve contacting all of the owners of multiple projects. Support Engineers should direct requests for reaching out to multiple owners across multiple projects to do Mass Emails through Marketing Department

Make sure to add an admin note on a user/group we took action on. This will ensure that we can track a block/change reason if a user reaches out to us using a different channel.

Manually create a Zendesk ticket

For the process of sending the outbound contact requests in Zendesk, please review the Support Readiness documentation for more information.

Customer Ticket Generator (Deprecated)

The Customer Ticket Generator is a form that can be used to send multiple tickets out at once. Once the form is submitted, an issue will be created in the customer ticket generator tracker where a member of SupportOps will then run it. This can also be used in conjunction with the Email Grab Script, whose output can be provided as the CSV for the form.

The limit of 500 tickets is defined in order not to hit API rate limits on Zendesk side.

Mass Emails through Marketing Department

Outside of Zendesk we may be asked to be involved in the process of sending mass notices to users. For larger email campaigns, involve the marketing team:

  1. Open an issue in the marketing/demand-generation/campaigns issue tracker using the request-email template. You may also need to create a supplementary issue using request-confirm-target-list template.
  2. Fill the template out in its entirety.
  3. Submit the issue and be ready to adjust the subject and/or body of the notice based on feedback.

Note that this process requires a number of approvals from the management, so plan ahead and make sure that the issue is completely ready for review at least one week before sending out emails.


The following tools can be used to facilitate different types of contact requests.

Email Grab Script

The Email Grab Script is a Ruby script that will return the primary email addresses of the owners of a group or project. Currently, it can only be used if you possess a GitLab SaaS admin account. It can also be supplied only a list of usernames, in which case it will return the primary email addresses of those users. To use it:

  1. Install the required labclient gem with gem install labclient.
  2. Copy the script to your local machine and give it a name, like emailgrab.rb.
  3. Replace YourSuperSweetPAT with a read_api scoped PAT from your GitLab SaaS admin account.
  • Note: If a new PAT was created from an admin account, that account will receive a slack message from the SIRTbot app asking if the PAT creation was legitimate. Remember to fill this out for security auditing.
  1. Comment out the sections of the script that you will not be using, either groups, users, or projects.
  2. Add your data to the section you will be using.
  3. Run the script with ruby emailgrab.rb.

The results will be created as namespace-contacts.csv in the same directory that the script is located in.

Last modified August 21, 2023: Fix broken links across the handbook (7877c2be)