Anonymity is still important

The further we move into the digital age, the harder it seems to become to guard our privacy, and, in the case of people in recovery… our anonymity. But anonymity remains vital to our spiritual development, even during the time of Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

The Florida Roundup has voted to follow the traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous in conducting our event, and we ask all of our friends, volunteers, staff members and participants to do the same.

What does that mean?

Essentially, we ask you to limit your online activity with regard to Florida Roundup in three ways:

  • Do not mention Florida Roundup by name or acronym (FRU) in your online posts and blogs.
  • Do not list the names of other people at the roundup in your online posts and blogs.
  • Do not post any photographs of people or facilities associated with the Florida Roundup online.

We ask that you observe these guidelines in reference to all Florida Roundup meetings, fundraisers and events.

Why is anonymity important?

The long form of the 12th Tradition answers this question much better than could we:

And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all. —Big Book, pages 565-566

If you have any questions about what is appropriate within these guidelines, please feel free to contact our Traditions Committee at [email]. We entrust them with keeping us on track regarding all Traditions-related matters, and they will be happy to discuss these topics with you.

There are a lot of good resources available for you regarding online anonymity:

Anonymity and Stock Photography

A tool that is used by many designers and web sites is the use of stock photography to illustrate and expound on points of interest. Stock photography is defined as photos that are generic in nature and of “non-specific” people.

Our Traditions Committee contacted the General Service Office in New York about the usage of stock photography on the Florida Roundup website. The Traditions Committee reported that no conflict was found with the 11th and 12th Traditions, and recommended that the following disclaimer be published on the website: “photographs on our website are those of actors or models portraying Florida Roundup attendees” That disclaimer can be found on our Privacy Page as well as here on our Anonymity Policy page.

Florida Roundup may use the name likeness of performers entertaining at The Roundup with the performers written consent.