It was originally, but not anymore. We have formed a nonprofit corporation to operate the app. All accounts and passwords are now managed by the nonprofit. If anything happens to the founder, the app will continue to operate independently.
We want to give it to them. We've submitted a proposal to GSO / AAWS (on June 5, 2017) to turn the app over to GSO, and have had subsequent conversations with staff members there. We don't expect the offer to be accepted immediately, but it will remain open indefinitely.
No. Our mission is to help people find AA meetings, and charging would limit access.
No, but we do help other programs to make use of our 12 Step Meeting List WordPress plugin. Including other meetings in Meeting Guide could be confusing and counteract our singleness of purpose.
How can groups remain independent while federating their data into a single app? We believe that we have found an elegant solution to this problem. This system of a distributed worldwide database allows individual sites to remain fully autonomous, while still contributing to the whole. And this is not 'our' system, this is AA's system. We have simply developed a protocol that other apps in the future might make use of as well.
We believe this is the best reason to participate in the app. We help intergroups connect alcoholics with their AA meeting listings.
We don't believe that we are an "outside enterprise," we are an AA service organization in the same sense that a YPAA is. Furthermore, we don't believe that organizations that participate are endorsing us. They are free to link to us from their websites, and many do, but this is not a requirement. Finally, AA service entities make use outside services all the time. They list their information in telephone directories, some take ads in public places. Most today worry about their website's search engine optimization. We are like an AA search engine.
Meanwhile there are many other apps and websites that copy meeting information from AA websites and list it without permission or attribution, some for a fee or with ads, and many inaccurately. We are the opposite. We get permission first, we attribute our information, we don't charge or run ads, and we maintain our listings assiduously.
Our App Store listings are fully anonymous as of August 2017.
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