Discussion Board

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The BAFTSS discussion board is the principal way in which the organisation will disseminate information to its members. Members may also post messages on any matter that related to the organisation or that is consistent with its aims of furthering the study of film, television and screen studies. We are using a list-server hosted by JISCMail. To subscribe, click on the link below. Your request will then be reviewed by the list moderator.


Once you have subscribed to the list you can post a message to all subscribers by sending an ordinary email to baftss@jiscmail.ac.uk.

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Code of practice for posting to the BAFTSS listserv

The list is moderated. We adhere to the acceptable use and etiquette guidelines established by JISCmail for listservs. These can be found here:



These are some salient points from the guidelines to which we draw particular attention.

From the ‘Acceptable Use’ Guidelines (section 5):

  • Users are reminded that the use of JISCMail is subject to rules governing Acceptable Use and Etiquette and to UK laws. So messages sent to lists may not contain information that breaks any law, such as (but not restricted to) those regarding copyright or defamation

It is as well to remember that all emails are archived.

From the ‘Etiquette’ Guidelines:

  • Don’t call someone names or be overtly rude, blatantly sarcastic or condescending
  • Watch where that reply is going, should it go to the sender or the list?
  • Use a meaningful subject line, it will increase the chances of it being read and found
  • Write relevant messages appropriate to the purpose of the list
  • Don’t quote an entire message when replying this leads to very long messages
  • Keep your lines short and don’t send long messages, waffle is off-putting

Our list’s purpose is that of a public forum where we engage in the exchange of scholarly debate and information related to our discipline. There are two major points we would like to stress from JISCmail’s list above:

  • Be courteous at all times.
  • Ask yourself whether what you what to say is likely to be of interest to the list as a whole. It may be better dealt with between individuals, either from its inception, or at some point during an exchange.

BAFTSS Executive Committee (3 May 2013)