When editing meetings, the Format Tab on the meeting editor for the BMLT root server presents an array of possible formats for the meeting. Check all that apply, and after you are done with all the edits (on all of the tabs), save the changes.

Current WSZF Server Format Codes

You can also add any additional information that the meeting wants to include in the “Comments” field of the Other Tab. For example, the following screenshot is of the “Beyond Belief” meeting. Its format codes include Ag (agnostic), which is one of the built-in codes. In addition, this meeting adds a comment “All are welcome to this atheist and agnostic friendly meeting,” which appears in the left-hand column. (This comment is for this meeting only.)

Editing or Adding Format Codes

The format codes are stored in the root server, and are shared by all the service bodies using the WSZF server. The current codes are shown in the screenshot above. The BMLT source code comes with a set of predefined format codes, and we can change the wording or add new ones as needed.

Experienced BMLT developers and maintainers have reported that format codes are the main thing that service bodies argue about with respect to BMLT. On the one hand, it is better to avoid needlessly proliferating small variations on a format and cluttering up the list (which may confuse both people searching for meetings and also area webservants who are trying to figure out which codes to use). On the other hand, there may be some particular meeting format and description that is very important to a group. We will try to strike a balance between these two pulls. In addition, if we do introduce new codes, we will try to design a coherent set of formats, in consultation with the stakeholders who are particularly affected.

Currently, the server uses the built-in BMLT codes, plus “Child Care Available (CC)” and “Smoke Break (SB)” codes. We also replaced the former GL code with three. Here are the three codes for GL meetings:

LGBTLGBTQ+Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allies.
GGayThis meeting is focussed on the needs of gay members of NA.
LLesbianThis meeting is focussed on the needs of lesbian members of NA.

The intent with this set of LGBT codes is to provide a coherent set of possible choices, one for “rainbow” meetings that welcome a wide range of addicts, and two others for meetings that want to be more separate. Again, note that individual meetings can always add a note just for that meeting with any additional information desired.