We sometimes get questions from AA members about certain aspects of our project. Here is our best effort to answer them.
We understand this is one person's creation. What if something happens to them?
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'd be a lot more comfortable if this were an official AA project
We want to give it to them. We've submitted a proposal to A.A.W.S. (on June 5, 2017) to give them the app and help them continue to develop it. We have had subsequent conversations with staff and board members there, and have heard they are considering the offer. We don't expect it to be accepted immediately, but it will remain open indefinitely.
Update: After many months of work, A.A.W.S. has announced a new partnership. Here is Greg T.'s letter sent out to Central Office managers and Area chairs on November 2, 2018 announcing that they are licensing the Meeting Guide data for aa.org and a future A.A.W.S. app.
Our hope is that when the new A.A.W.S. app launches, that it will appear as a free update to Meeting Guide, and that this app will effectively be 'handed over' to A.A.W.S. at that point.
Will you ever charge people to download or use the app?
No. Our mission is to help people find AA meetings, and charging would limit their access.
Will you ever put ads in the app?
Will you ever list another program's meetings or resources in the app?
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.
#4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
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.
#5: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
We believe this is the best reason to participate in the app. We help intergroups connect alcoholics with their AA meeting listings.
#6: An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
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 of 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.
#11: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
Our App Store listings are fully anonymous as of August 2017.
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