HeadIsSpinning said: The issue with people being OUTED has nothing to do with the main AAWA group. That has been explained ad nauseum.
The ONLY issue with the main AAWA group is that some people were INVITED without their knowledge. The ONLY issue that causes is a minor inconvenience because that group is set to SECRET.
It was the RIP-OFF group that is responsible for adding people to an OPEN page and thereby revealing their identities.
What is unclear about that?
Nope, read again. The whole thread. Turns out that's a shameless little bit of spin-doctoring at best, which Juan Viejo (a board member) actually went to great lengths to explain and correct, while Cedars (the president) sat back and perpetuated Outlaw's initial sensationalistic (and inaccurate) post. Juan Viejo, at least you're being more forthcoming and seem to have more than a modicum of sense. As a board member, you might want to put forth a motion about getting some kind of business insurance...you're sure gonna need it if AAWA keeps compromising people's privacy.
As Juan stated and Mind Blown hilighted above, people were only force-added to the official AAWA page. The discrepancy in dispute seems to be how many were referred by an AAWA representative (he says "only" 50, as though that wouldn't be a big deal on its own, which it is) and how many were referred by an overenthusiastic AAWA group member who was not an AAWA representative (he says hundreds more, but only on 4/7...even though the AAWA coordinator herself admitted prior to that that AAWA had force-added around 1,000 people. Also, it shouldn't matter if an overenthusiastic group member did it...they shouldn't be able to wield that kind of power. Facebook has a setting where group admins can choose to vet/approve every person who joins before they are added (I know that because my own human rights group FB page uses that option). They didn't have to allow just any random member the power to auto-refer.)
So was this done by a member of AAWA or not?
Yes. In fact, she was confronted by several angry people on the group page and was really defensive about it and implied that AAWA had force-added closer to 1,000 people...she justified it as being "too much work" to invite everybody properly via PM. At that point, Rebel8 and others had already complained about being added/outed. So yes, AAWA's representative was very openly sanctioning the force-add approach.
That was before 4/7, when Juan Viejo claims the "main culprit" from this supposed "ripoff page" allegedly got enthusiastic and force-added what they're saying is the majority of the people. At the time the AAWA coordinator was confronted, they already had 1300+ members on their page, which I know because Bo Juel Jensen was excitedly posting, "Hey, we have over 1300 members!!!"...they currently say they have around 1325, so yeah, the dates and numbers don't match up; they're trying to cover their asses with this "stolen identity" story. I think Juan is trying to be forthcoming and transparent, unlike certain other board members, and does admit he doesn't know a ton about social media, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he is misinformed on this point rather than intentionally misrepresenting.
Dagney was force-added to the official page too and saw the confrontation (I believe she may have participated, actually, though if I'm wrong I know she'll correct me).
The numbers match up, too. 1,000 people their coordinator implied were force-added to the group (before any alleged shadowy ripoff group on 4/7), a total of 1,300 members...meanwhile, the Facebook "page" that you can like/unlike (different from the group) only has around 257 likes...makes sense that those are roughly the people who actually did join of their own free will.