SIGS Web Site Guidelines
1. The purpose of the Staten Island General Service (SIGS) Web site shall be:
- To carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers, to professionals and the general public, and to members of the fellowship.
- To serve as a communications tool within the SIGS area by providing information about area activities and events.
- To further general service participation within the fellowship by serving as an exchange of information about opportunities for involvement in SIGS area activities.
2. The SIGS Web site shall be made readily accessible:
- By "keeping it simple" and constructing the site in such a manner that it be available for viewing by anyone who accesses it through the Internet. Any hint of preferences for specific systems, browsers, or the like should be absent, and the use of multimedia and extensive graphics should be avoided.
3. In the spirit of non-affiliation with entities outside AA, the SIGS Web site shall maintain external links to:
- the AAWS and AA Grapevine sites, official intergroup and/or central office websites and telephone numbers, and county service events.
- Other AA entities only as specifically approved by the SIGS Area Committee.
- No other kinds of links or address listings of any kind shall be provided unless specifically approved by the SIGS Area Committee.
4. In the spirit of self-support, the SIGS Web site shall be financed and maintained:
- By contributions from the AA groups and AA entities within the SIGS area.
- By operating within guidelines established and reviewed by the SIGS Area Committee.
5. The AA principle of anonymity as it applies to other forms of media should be extended to the World Wide Web, and to that end the SIGS Web site shall:
- Include no recognizable photographs of individuals, no full names of individuals, no personal telephone numbers, and no personal e-mail addresses.
- Use position titles, rather than first names, when referring to SIGS officers, Committee chairs, and others.
6. The SIGS Web site shall include a disclaimer recognizing that it is neither endorsed nor approved by AAWS and that all references to AA, AA literature, and the Grapevine are to registered trademarks.