Area 59 Website Guidelines
1. The spirit of A.A.
principles and traditions will be followed at all times. This means
among other things:
a. Anonymity will be preserved and protected: the
complete names of individuals, individual phone numbers, postal and
identifying E-Mail addresses will not be displayed on the Website.
(Traditions 11 & 12)
b. There will be no endorsement or affiliation with
non-A.A. entities. (Tradition 6) Autonomy will be respected. The
A.A. Preamble will be prominently shown on the Home Page of the
Website. The Website will not link to web sites not sponsored by
bona fide A.A. service entities
c. Home Groups, Districts and Intergroups/Central
Offices will decide for themselves what information they do and do
not want given on the Website, as well as the extent of their
participation in the Area Website activity. (Tradition 4)
2. The Home Page will identify the Website’s focus on A.A. within
Area 59, making it clear there is no attempt to speak for A.A. as a
whole. A link to the A.A.W.S.’s web site (www.alcoholics-anonymous.org)
will be provided to access general information about A.A..
3. Copyrights shall be respected and registered trademarks, when
used, should be acknowledged as such. (For example: Alcoholics
Anonymous®, A.A.® and The Big Book® are registered trademarks of
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. The Grapevine® and AA
Grapevine® are registered trademarks of The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.)
4. E-mail accounts will be issued to each Area Officer and Committee
Chairperson at the beginning of the panel representing their service
position. Passwords for that web-based mail box can be changed by
the Officer. E-mail Copy forwards to personal e-mail addresses are
available if desired.
a. Officers and Chairpersons not on the internet are
asked to provide a contact person in their place.
b. All Website visitor messages should receive a timely
reply, even if it’s nothing more than a “Thank You” for their
c. The committee will determine an “e-mail rotation
date” at the end of the panel for the switchover of and all
remaining e-mail messages cleared administratively.
5. The following types of information are also approved for display
on the Area 59 Website; other information is not allowed:
a. Home Group meeting information: type of meeting,
time and location. (Area 59 only.)
b. District meeting time and location, mailing address,
and answering service telephone number. (Area 59 only.)
c. Central Office and Intergroup contact information,
location and hours of operation. (Area 59 only.)
d. Event information (location, time, agenda,
registration form, etc.) for the following types of activities,
primarily focused on events in Area 59:
* A.A. general service functions (assemblies,
conferences, special forums, workshops, etc.).
* Fellowship activities (roundups, speaker meetings,
picnics, dances, camp-outs, etc.)
e. Area Committee reports (elected officer reports,
standing committee reports, and Assembly meeting minutes, etc.)
f. Area 59 Structure Manual and Area Motions that have
been placed on the Assembly Agenda, including Pros, Cons and other
g. Links to web sites sponsored by bona fide A.A.
service entities will be provided as a service to the Website
visitor. It shall be made clear Area 59 does not endorse these web
sites, and our linking to their web site does not constitute their
endorsement of the Area 59 Website. Permissible links to A.A. web
1- A.A.W.S. (www.aa.org),
commonly referred to as the G.S.O. web site,
2- The Grapevine (www.aagrapevine.org),
3- Other Areas and nearby
Intergroups (located in adjacent Areas), and
4- Districts, Central
Offices and Intergroups within Area 59.
h. Recommendations on how to submit information for
display on the Website. (contacts, format, etc.)
i. These Guidelines for the Area 59 Website.
Domain Name Registration
1. The Website shall be
registered to Eastern Pennsylvania General Service Area with a
domain name of Area59aa.org.
2. The Area 59 Webservant or delegated representative shall be the
Administrative Contact for the Website’s domain name.
3. The Area 59 Webservant or delegated representative shall be the
Billing Contact for the Website’s domain name.
4. The Technical Contact shall be the Internet Service Provider
(ISP) who maintains the primary domain name server for the Area
5. The Registration will be held in a private registered account
(Domains By Proxy, Inc.) so that no personal information will be
revealed to the general public.
Administration and Maintenance
1. The PI Subcommittee of the Eastern Penna. General Area Assembly
through its Chairperson shall have direct oversight on all matters
pertaining to the Website. In some instances this will require
access to the Internet. However since Internet access is not a
prerequisite for the service position, the Chairperson may seek help
from our fellowship in performing some tasks. Specific
responsibilities for the Chairperson include, but are not limited
to, the following administrative duties:
a. verify the Website adheres to these guidelines and
b. ensure Website expenses are paid and do not exceed
the PI Committee Budget without approval.
c. mediate differences of opinion regarding the
information displayed on the Website and the services it provides,
d. give Website status reports at all Area 59 Area
Meetings, and update these Website guidelines to reflect lessons
learned and the conscience of the Eastern Pennsylvania General