Wiganman wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:19 pm
One of my local groups is setting up an online meeting because of the current problems. They have decided to make it by select invite only whereas other groups that have gone online are, making them available to anyone.
I am not sure how I feel about that. Does this go against tradition 3 and 5?
It is now over a week since The General Service Board in the UK recommended that all Groups take heed of the latest Government guidance on public gatherings and if required make alternative online arrangements for meetings.
The Meeting Finder is currently being updated accordingly with specifics of online meetings and this in some cases includes links to online providers offering Video and Audio meeting services.
As we are informed of changes, meeting locations and status / links/ email contact are all being updated. This can only be done for those meetings where the meeting status has been emailed to GSO in response to the request circulated to all in service.
Individuals should, therefore, in theory, be able to access any alternative arrangements for a face to face meeting listed in our Meeting Finder.
• Online meetings are encouraged to provide a generically named email address which we can post to the Meeting Finder page.
• People who wish to join the online meeting can then contact the email address and ask for the meeting link.
I agree with the comments about a private selection if intended to exclude individuals, but if groups of people make private arrangements, that is clearly outside our control. This would not be a healthy environment conducive to principles before personalities and not something with which I would wish to be further associated.
However, that may not be the case. Some who are very wary of any AA online activity for various reasons and maybe trying to hang on to some control?
On the other hand, it may be Good Practice rather than an attempt to exclude.
There is an anonymity risk associated with sharing online meeting links directly online
No Actual Link
Generically Named Email Contact Address
Generic Group Name to Request Access
Clear Start Time
NOT SO GOOD Practice
Online meeting link openly shared
Meeting Entry Password shared
No Clear Guidelines/Instructions
All Members should be particularly mindful of using their names and email addresses when starting and joining such meetings as often personally identifiable information is clearly visible when you log in or join.
While anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, personal anonymity is a personal responsibility.