Archive: Guidelines for Area 37 Website

February 1998:
The Assembly voted that Area 37 have a website providing public information subject to the approval of the expenses by the Finance Committee and the Area
Assembly.


February 1998:
The recommendations of the Website Ad Hoc Committee be accepted as follows:

  1. That the Mississippi Area Assembly establish a website with <pair.com> and pay the basic cost for rented space of $8.95 per month in the name of
    the Mississippi Area Assembly.
  2. The Area purchase Website software for the use by the Web Chairman that will be passed along as rotation occurs and the Web Chairman
    changes.
  3. The Mississippi Website be: www.aa-mississippi.org and the necessary fees are paid to establish this as our permanent Web address.
  4. The Area Assembly establishes an Area Web Committee that will be responsible for maintaining the Area website, posting initial information
    and keeping A.A. meeting information current and up-to-date as provided by the D.C.M. and his/her designated representative. The Chairman of the committee will be appointed by the Area chairperson.
  5. The website contains information regarding meeting schedules for all groups who wish to be listed within the Service Area of Mississippi {Area 37) provided that those groups are Iisted as such in the Mississippi Area Roster or in the Eastern U.S. Directory that is distributed y the eneral Service Office. Those schedules should be searchable by the city in which they are located.
  6. The information of this site will be submitted on an entirely voluntary basis by the D.C.M. for each district or any other person the district chooses. Information should be mailed preferably via e-mail, to the Area Web Chairperson. The e-mail address for handling of this information willbe area37web@iname.com. Any group or district is entirely free to choose to leave their listing off the Area Website.
  7. The site should provide links to the G.S.O. Web page as weII as any other sites provided by groups, districts or intergroups within the Mississippi Service Area provided that those sites be “official” sites full approved and authorized by that particular entity.

August 1998:
The schedule will include A.A. meetings recognized by the District.


November 1999:

Purpose: The purpose of the Mississippi Area website is to make information for meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the state of Mississippi more readily available to those seeking a meeting. All information on this site is provided solely for the purpose of helping the alcoholic to make direct, face-to face contact with A.A. The website will present information that is only available publicly concerning meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Ownership: This website, the registered domain name (http://aa-mississippi.org) and all software associated with the development and maintenance of this site are property of the Mississippi Area Assembly. All registrations of this address are in the name of the Mississippi Area Assembly. In keeping with Tradition Seven of the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Mississippi Area Assembly pays all fees and expenses associated with this site.

Content: Information contained on this site is provided by the various groups and districts within Area 37 and the State of Mississippi and these groups and districts are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of this information. Any group information may be submitted, changed or removed from this website by the G.S.R. or D.C.M. submitting the information to the Area Web Committee via e-mail to: area37web@iname.com or by sending the information to the committee chairperson’s regular mailing address as shown in the Area Roster. No telephone numbers will be listed except for answering service or intergroup telephone numbers. The only e-mail address that will be listed on the Area website will be the Web Committee chairman address Area37web@iname.com, which will be used for the notification of incorrect information contained on the site, and the e-mail addresses of central offices and
Intergroups that wish to be listed. The sole purpose for any information provided is to enable the individual to make contact with meetings in a particular locale. No individual names will be provided anywhere on the site. The Guidelines for the Mississippi Area website will be posted on the websitethrough links.

Links: Links from this site are provided only to the General Service Officeof Alcoholics Anonymous website and to sites established, maintained andofficially adopted by groups and or districts within the State of Mississippi.Recognizing the autonomy of individual groups and districts and because the Mississippi Area Assembly cannot control the content of links other than this site, the Assembly claims no responsibility for the content of these sites and does not recognize, recommend or endorse any particular site listed here nor is the Mississippi Area Assembly affiliated with any site included on these sites. These links are provided solely to make available more detailed information for Alcoholics Anonymous activities within a particular part of Mississippi.

Prohibited Activities: The Mississippi Area Assembly website nor any information contained herein should be used for any purposes other than to make
face-to-face contact more readily available with A.A. groups within the State of Mississippi. This site will not be used to establish any sort of e-mail or chat meetings or contacts that lead to similar on-line activities.

Events Calendar: Due to the difficulty in determining the content and/or sponsorship of roundups and conventions and in order to avoid the appearance of
endorsement or affiliation with any outside entities or activities the Mississippi Area Assembly website “Area Events Calendar” lists only events directly related to the Mississippi Area Assembly. The only items listed on this calendar will be dates, locations and information regarding Area Assembly meetings, Area Workshops, the annual Area Convention, The Southeast Regional Conference and the biannual Southeast Region Forum.


May 2001:
Website will be linked with other A.A. official Area web pages.


May 2003:
Add the same list of upcoming A.A. events as we have in the newsletter to the Area website.


February 2006:
A copy of the Area newsletter will be posted on the website and will not include last names or pictures of living or deceased members.


Unknown date:
Posting of newsletters is prohibited.


November 2010:
Area 37 website was moved to a new domain name: aa37.org.


May 2011:
Area 37 website was moved back to its former domain name: aa-mississippi.org.


May 2012:
The recommendation of the Website Committee was approved after considerable discussion. A password-protected area will be created. The purpose of the members-only area will be to archive newsletters, minutes, the Area Service Manual, and other documents as needed. Area 37 groups can post flyers that announce upcoming events in their communities provided that the webmaster, or a member of the Website committee, proofs the flyer for its authenticity. The user name and password to gain online access will be distributed by persons attending assembly meetings and the quarterly newsletter.


May 2014:
A floor motion was made and passed with no discussion to remove all newsletters and assembly minutes in the password-protected area of the website.


March 2015:
New guidelines were introduced by the Website Committee and approved after considerable discussion by the assembly:

A.A. TRADITIONS AND THE INTERNET

Anonymity – As anonymity is the “spiritual foundation of all our Traditions,” we practice anonymity on our public website at all times. Last names and photographs of members are never to be used. No telephone numbers are listed except for answering services or intergroup telephone numbers. Only email addresses using aliases from the aa-mississippi.org domain name and addresses for central offices and intergroups that wish to be listed are posted.

Attraction not promotion – The primary purpose of our website is to help readers find information about the location, times, and addresses of meetings of Area 37 groups and districts so he or she can make direct, face-to-face contact with A.A. This website will not be used to establish or encourage email exchanges, chat meetings, or contacts that lead to similar online activities.

Self-support – In keeping with our Seventh Tradition, A.A. pays its own expenses and this also applies in cyberspace. Area 37 pays all expenses for its domain name (aa-mississippi.org), its hosting fees, and any necessary software.

Non-affiliation, non-endorsement – Linking to other A.A. websites will often have the positive effect of significantly broadening the scope of a website. However, even when linking to another A.A. site, care must be exercised since each A.A. entity is autonomous, has its own group conscience, and may display information that another A.A. group conscience might find objectionable. There is no way to know when this might occur. The Area 37 website shall be limited to linking to the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, other official Delegate Areas, and sites established, maintained and officially adopted by groups and/or districts within Area 37.

Linking to non-A.A. sites – Not only are they much more likely to display non-A.A. and/or controversial material, but linking might imply endorsement, if not affiliation. Linking to non-A.A. websites is problematic and prohibited.

GENERAL SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES

Social networking websites are public in nature. Although users create accounts and utilize usernames and passwords, once on the site, it is a public medium where A.A. members and non-A.A.s mingle. Therefore, Area 37 does not use social networking websites.

CONTENT

Information contained within this website is provided by the various groups and districts within Area 37. These groups and districts are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of this information. Any group information may be submitted, changed or removed from this website by the G.S.R. or D.C.M. submitting the necessary information to the Area Web Committee via electronic form, by clicking the webmaster’s email link at the bottom of any Area 37 Web page, or by sending the information to the committee chairperson’s regular mailing address as shown in the Area Roster.

EVENTS CALENDAR

Due to the difficulty in determining the content and/or sponsorship of roundups and conventions, and in order to avoid the appearance of endorsement or affiliation with any outside entities or activities, the Mississippi Area Assembly website “Public Calendar” lists only events directly related to the Mississippi Area Assembly. The only items listed on this calendar will be dates, locations and information regarding Area 37 Assembly meetings, workshops, and annual convention; the Southeast Regional Conference; and the Southeast Regional Forum. Area 37 members may access a members-only calendar of events within the password-protected area.

PASSWORD-PROTECTED AREA

A password-protected area is available and should not be confused with the “public” area of the website. The purpose of the members-only area will be to archive anonymity-protected newsletters, minutes, the Area Service Manual, and other service documents as needed. Area 37 groups can post flyers that announce upcoming events in their communities provided that the webmaster, or a member of the Website committee, proofs the flyer for its authenticity.

The user name and password to gain online access will be distributed by persons attending assembly meetings and through the quarterly newsletter.

© Parts of this document were reprinted from A.A. Guidelines – Internet (2014), with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


May 2015:
A motion from the Website Committee was made. It was discussed and then approved by the Assembly:

Eliminate from current guidelines:
All language in the current website guidelines that prohibits Area 37 groups and districts from posting flyers in the public area of the website that announce upcoming events in their communities.

Add to current guidelines:
Area 37 groups and districts may post flyers and announcements about AA related events in their community to the public Calendar of Events of the website provided that the webmaster, or a member of the Website committee, proofs the flyer for its authenticity before posting and that there is a disclaimer at the top of the page stating that Area 37 may not be responsible for the content or events.