Area 26 Website Guidelines
- Who We Are
- What We Do
- What We
Do Not Do
- What You
- We are the Committee responsible for the "Official" website of Area
26, Kentucky General Service. We are comprised of members of Alcoholics
Anonymous in Area 26.
- We are responsible for the maintenance and up to date information about
services, functions, and activities in Area 26, in accordance with the
Alcoholics Anonymous Service Manual. We are also responsible for the Website
Guidelines, content, and contributing content to ensure the website is
fulfilling its purpose.
- We provide information for those searching for away to recover from
alcoholism, including links to Area 26 lntergroups for the purpose of
finding a meeting. We also provide information for members of Area 26 and
information about Alcoholics Anonymous to the public.
- We will strive to keep the AA Guidelines for the Internet from GSO.
- We do not provide a substitute for A.A. meetings nor do we provide
recovery resources outside of Alcoholics Anonymous. We do not provide
meeting information outside of Area 26. However, we do provide links to
other Area websites for the purpose of finding meetings in those Areas.
- If you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Area 26 and would like to
get involved in Service and participate on the Website Committee, e-mail us
at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your GSR or 0CM
- The Website Committee Chair shall designate members of the committee to
maintain the website. The Area 26 Chairperson, Treasurer and Website
Committee Chair are authorized to make changes to the website hosting
account. The Website Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management
and implementation of the website, adhering to the to the Twelve Traditions,
Twelve Concepts, A.A, Guidelines on the Internet and guidance provided in
the AA Service Manual and current approved revisions thereof. Website
Committee Chair shall hold committee meetings at Area Assembly and Area
Committee Meetings and report quarterly on the committee's activities.
- The website and the website policy shall be reviewed at least annually to
ensure the website continues to fulfill its mission. This review will
include discussion of the current content and layout of the website, as well
as plans for the future of the website (new features and capabilities). The
guidelines may be revised upon recommendation of the website committee and
approval by the voting membership of the Area 26 Committee.
- "And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of
anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are
to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a
genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil
us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides
over us all." The website will be considered the same as press, radio and
films. In keeping with anonymity, no last names will be published on the
- The website should contain as much General Service information as
possible in an easy to navigate format. Each standing committee has a
dedicated page. It is up to each committee to inform the Website Chair of
the materials or presentations they would like to present. Keep the coding
simple so that whoever may follow in the webmaster position may be able to
update and maintain the site quickly and easily. The web site should be
hosted commercially, thereby eliminating advertisements that may give the
appearance of affiliation or endorsement. Postings for the website should
include any General Service Activity whether they are GSO, Regional, Area
26, District or Group functions. No material will be posted that would be
considered in violation of AA principles. Area and District newsletters may
be published when they conform to website policy. Copyrights shall be
respected. Registered trademarks, when used, should be acknowledged as such.
- In order to maintain personal anonymity when using the web site, web site
users are asked to direct all comments, inquiries, and remarks to the e-mail
address listed and they will be contacted via e-mail or postal mail
according to the need.
- There is a very clear difference between posting last names on a website
and using them within an email or email address. A website is a public
communication vehicle not unlike "Press, Radio, and Films". Personal email
between members and/or non-members is no different than using the US Mail
(snail mail) or telephone. Anonymous email addresses will be available for
Area trusted servants and District Committee Members in Area 26. Temporary
anonymous email addresses for the use of those working on group, district
and area events may be setup as necessary. The Website Chair should be
consulted as to the best way to access area26.net email. Email addresses
will use the Area's domain name to maintain the anonymity of trusted
- Events should be submitted through DCMs, Standing Committee Chairs or
Area Officers in Area 26. Submissions are subject to verification and must
contain the group or District service number. Event flyers will be posted to
the website, with hyperlinks to the event flyer in the description of the
event. Submission should contain contact data for more information including
first name only and email address, as well as the sponsoring AA entity, name
of event, location address including city, date, and time. We reserve the
right to edit submissions as necessary.
- Meetings listed on the Area 26 website must meet the same criteria as
meetings listed in the Area 26 directory. Meeting changes may be made
directly by the DCM, someone designated by the DCM, using the Area 26
meetings database or submitted by DCMs to the Area 26 Website Committee.
Meeting changes should also be sent to the Area 26 Registrar.
- The only links that the website will maintain are to A.A.W.S., A.A.
Grapevine, Groups, Districts, and Intergroup/Central Offices within Area 26
and other Areas within the General Service Conference.
- It is recommended that the website be constructed in such a manner that
it be available for viewing by anyone who accesses the internet through any
means and with any system. Care should be taken not to show preference to
specific systems, browsers, etc. that would make accessing the site
- Any proposed amendment/amendments to these guidelines may be submitted in
writing to the Agenda Committee for consideration at the next Area Committee
Meeting. An affirmative simple majority vote of the Area Committee members
present constitutes adoption of the amendment.