This ought to be good ... I mean, it really should right? It should not be bad. It should not be full of confusing "legal-sounding" jargon. It should not mislead or misrepresent. It should be 'good' :)
All data submitted via form on this website will be used for the purpose of making your website and only that purpose. Data submitted via form will not be mined or abstracted or collected or harvested or analyzed in any way. In other words, if I want to learn what the average number of meetings per group is I will not use this site to calculate that answer even though it would be super-easy to do.
That's a heck of a lot of 'exceptions' right? What I'm trying to say is there are some abstractions of data that are needed to create your website. Those, and only those, are the exceptions. If someone wants to know the average day and time of AA meetings that would be different. That little tidbit of info is useless to each group who's meetings are getting counted up and divided by, so that level of 'abstraction' will not happen.
Personally identifiable information is a very particular type of "data submitted via form", and is mostly applicable to your group's members.
All personally identifiable information on this website will be (a) password-protected and (b) only available to other members of your group IF you (a) chose to that provide and (b) chose to make that information available to other members. The password is under the control of each individual person, and is not available to any other person ... even someone with a court order.
Personally identifiable information on this website will never be shared by HomeGroupHosting with any 3rd party for any reason at all under any circumstances (except a lawful court order of course).
The date and time of a member's last login is recorded. This is how a member can 'roll off' your membership list. We know that people move on in life, so if they don't login for over a year they are removed from your membership list.
There is and will be no advertising of any kind on either HomeGroupHosting or your group's website.
Your group's decision to use this service will not be used to promote this service.
The only advertising this site uses is "one alcoholic telling another" :)
Web Admin username(s) and email(s) will be used by HomeGroupHosting in a manner similar to a 'group conscience'. This enables sharing of information about this software, and gives groups using it a voice in shaping any changes. The email marketing service provider tracks activities related to the email, and claims to not share data but they do it in fancy-sounding and confusing "legalese" so honestly I dunno if they do or don't share any info. Web Admins will have an opportunity to opt-out of this type of communication.
Web Admin(s) may also be contacted directly by me for purposes related directly to your group's account with HomeGroupHosting. There is no way to opt out of this. If for some reason I need to contact your group about your group's website then the Web Admin(s) is(are) who HomeGroupHosting will contact.
Imagine if a web admin 'goes back out' and decides to tear down or deface the group's website. That'd be really bad right? IF something like that happens HomeGroupHosting needs a way to help set things right. HomeGroupHosting will look into backups to see who in the group held an elected position within that group, and reach out to them to help understand what corrective actions need to be taken.
I'm sorry, but I can't envision a better solution to a "rogue" web admin :(
HomeGroupHosting can not guarantee service will be uninterrupted. HomeGroupHosting will make every possible effort to ensure your site stays online including but not limited to best known methods to code a secure website, backing up software and content on a regular basis, and elevating any issues with the actual data center as need be.
Let's face it: sometimes things go wrong. I'll do my best to make them right as soon as I can make them right, but I can't promise they'll be right 24 x 7 x 365.
This software is provided as a service to and for AA groups so those groups can carry their interpretation of the AA message to the alcoholic still suffering. Abuse of this service may include (but is not limited to)
Please don't do that. HomeGroupHosting has no interest in being the content police! IF an issue is brought to my attention then I will investigate and attempt to remedy the situation via discussion. If the issue is not corrected then I reserve the right to terminate service. Don't worry: it'll be a long time coming before your group is cut off from this service. I really don't want to go there ...
Updating these terms and conditions and policies and stuff may be required from time to time. If there is cause to update this page, it will be done via group consensus with the web admins across all actively hosted groups.
Upon registration you get 90 days to try it out and get feedback from your group. If I don't hear from you during those 90 days I'll just delete it and we'll all move on. If you tell me your group is still deciding what to do, I'll extend your free trial period for another 60 days. If I delete your free trial period then you get in touch, bummer but you'll have to start over. Backups are for if problems are caused on my end, and generally not available just because.
The free trial version is exactly the same as the paid hosting version, except the paid version will use your domain name instead of "homegrouphosting.com/yourdomainname.com".
When you make a payment through paypal (to 1912WebWorks which is my business name) I will get busy setting up your site as 'paid'. Your year will not start for a couple of days because it takes a little bit of time to get nameservers updated and for me to do my thing. That way your year really is a year ... not a few days shy of a year.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS!!! You can probably tell paypal you want your money back and you'll probably get it, but if you ask me I'll say no. The reason is simple: you had plenty of time to try it before you bought it, so after your group decides 'yes' it shouldn't be on me if for some reason your group changes it's mind.
The cost is what you decide to pay. A minimum of $1 per month, and no more than $5 per month, but payment must be made for your website hosting. We don't accept outside contributions right? I believe the service is worth $2 or $3 per month, and I'll trust your home group to pay what it thinks is fair and can afford.
At the end of your paid hosting period I'll get in touch with your web admins to remind them of the upcoming due date. You don't have to renew, but if you choose to not renew I will probably just delete all your files. No biggie as you'll already know by then how insanely easy it would be to put it back together :)
The 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are first and foremost in mind when deciding how to proceed with creating and providing this software to you. AA gives very little guidance on groups having websites. You can read https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/mg-18_internet.pdf for yourself, and if you find other publications please share them with me as I've found only that one. In creating this software I tried to stay within our traditions as well as the principles of our program. If you see something you think is outside our traditions or principles, please let me know :)