You can subscribe to either or both the lists and receive general chit-chat or announcements as required.
To avoid confusion over exactly what should be sent to IFIS-CHAT and
what should be sent to IFIS-ANNOUNCE, the following
guidelines were suggested some time ago. They're not too strictly enforced, but they
seem to work about right:
announce: "Video evening tomorrow"
announce: "Christmas dinner arrangements"
announce: "sci-fi convention next weekend in birmingham"
announce: "AGM next week in ALT3"
announce: "that sci-fi shop in egham is having a book sale!"
announce: "New series of blakes 7 starts december 12th" if you're
just telling us?
chat: "New series of blakes 7 starts december 12th" if you're
intending to chat about it too.
chat: "that sci-fi shop in egham is actually quite expensive"
chat: "where's our bloody library"
chat: "grumble moan insult jenny whine whinge"
chat: "gripe mutter insult jacqui whilst we're at it, criticise nag"
chat: "Why have I got too much email"
chat: "how should we REALLY split the list"
chat: "what should we do about all these damned ex-students"
chat: "what should we do about all these damned students"
chat: "borg v death-star, value of pi near black holes, etc etc etc"
chat: "isn't terry's / douglass' / whoever's new book really cool?"
ifis-chat should probably be the kind of stuff we TALK about down at
the pub. ifis-announce should probably be the kind of stuff we grab
everyone's attention for and SHOUT about down at the pub, and/or put
up posters for, give out leaflets, etc.
Also, in case it's not obvious, if you want to CHAT about something
that's just been ANNOUNCED, you do your CHATting on the CHAT list.