Last year one guideline section was rewritten to be more concise, and placed under the name 'admin', it was suggested the other sections like links policy etc. be modified, and included under guidelines instead of being separate, this suggestion was dismissed.
As it stands, this is probably the only recovery site, on which a newcomer will find instructions listed in various members names, and several moderators confusing it by adding their own two cents.
Here are two examples, you want to see how to join closed groups, you see an instruction saying - “I believe, but am not certain that once you have joined the forums…” or you want to join live meetings, you see these instructions - “I guess I don't know much about their rules...”
Recently, a new person who posted a link was directed by a moderator to the links policy, this reminded me of the problems. First the policy is already included under guidelines, but then we have a separate section, (to which the newcomer was directed), where four people have seen it fit to add their own versions of the policy. Here's an example of how to fix that section, remove all four and put a combination of the first two, (by Ian), under the name 'Admin,' like this -
Absolutely simple to do, and looks much better and is easier to understand. If help is needed in cleaning up the various other start here instruction sections, I would be happy to assist. If it is not felt that first impressions and newcomer direction are that important, forget this suggestion.If anyone sends a post to this board which contains a link to another site, it's almost certain to be deleted by a moderator. This is a standing guideline the moderators are working within. If you want your post to remain, don't include a link. Not even to another online AA group.
This particularly includes links in profile signatures. If your profile's signature contains a link to an external site, we strongly suggest removing it otherwise all your posts are liable to be deleted.
The most notable exceptions are links to elsewhere within e-AA, and links to "official" AA or Al-anon sites (such as aa.org, aa-uk.org, etc.).
If you really must have a link to somewhere else, e.g. a personal weblog, your personal profile is the appropriate place to put it.
To access the e-AA links page and contact the links directory editor, click here (insert live link).