Thought this would be a good place to print this from AA.org's website concerning anonymity (even concerning thre iternet)........: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/...theaagroup.pdf
The Importance of Anonymity
Tradition Twelve: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation
of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles before personalities.
What is the purpose of anonymity in A.A.? Why is
it often referred to as the greatest single protection the
Fellowship has to assure its continued existence and
At the level of press, television, radio, film, and
the Internet, anonymity stresses the equality in A.A.
of all its members. It puts the brake on our easily
inflatable egos, our misplaced conviction that violating
our anonymity will help someone, and our desire for
personal recognition or control. Most importantly,
the Anonymity Tradition reminds us that it is the A.A.
message, not the messenger, that counts.
At the personal level, anonymity assures privacy
for all members, a safeguard often of special
significance to newcomers who may hesitate to seek
help in A.A. if they have any reason to believe their
alcoholism may be exposed publicly.
In theory, the anonymity principle seems clear,
but putting it into effect is not always easy. Following
are some general guidelines culled from A.A. group
experience that may be helpful.
Maintaining Anonymity at the Public Level
When appearing on radio, television, film or on the
Internet as A.A. members, we refrain from showing
our faces or revealing our last names. In printed
articles, on websites or email, we are identified by our
first names and last initials only.
We use our first names and last initials only when
speaking as A.A. members at non-A.A. meetings. (See
the A.A. pamphlet "Speaking at Non-A.A. Meetings.")
We do not put "A.A." on envelopes sent through
the mails, not even on correspondence directed to
A.A. entities. On material to be posted on A.A. bulletin
boards and printed on A.A. programs that the general
public might see, we omit all members’ last names and
identifying titles, such as "Reverend," "Professor," or
Understanding Anonymity at the
A.A. Group Level
We may use last names within our group. At the
same time, we respect the right of other members to
maintain their own anonymity however they wish, and
as closely as they wish. Some groups keep a list of
names and telephone numbers volunteered by their
members, and may provide phone lists—but for the
eyes of the group members only.
We repeat no one’s personal sharing made in A.A.
meetings. The word "anonymous" in our name is a
promise of privacy. Besides, the only story of recovery
we can truly share is our own.
In our personal relationships with nonalcoholics—
and with those we think might have a problem
with alcohol—we may feel free to say that we are
recovering alcoholics (without divulging the names
of other A.A. members), although discretion is
recommended. Here our openness may help to carry
We refrain from videotaping that special A.A. talk
or meeting which might receive exposure at the public
level. And, as the 1980 General Service Conference
recommended, it is wiser that talks by A.A. members
be given in person, in view of the temptation when
videotaping to place personalities before principles and
thus encourage the development of a "star" system in
For more information about this important
Tradition, see the A.A. pamphlet "Understanding
I figured better this than my opinion.....I always prefer ..... from the horse's mouth, so to speak.....