WTS FAQ


1. What is WTS?
2. What is the primary purpose of WTS?
3. When I want to post to the entire WTS loop, what address do I use?
4. Is it OK to write someone privately on the WTS list?
5. Is this an anonymous list?
6. How do I subscribe to and unsubscribe from WTS?
7. Where do I direct my questions about how the loop works?
8. I am getting a huge amount of email. Help!
9. Am I supposed to read all the mail?
10. What is the “Digest” version?
11. How do I change from getting every single email to the Digest version?
12. What is WTSWeekly?
13. How do I find the leader’s share and questions if I missed them?
14. Why am I not getting anyone’s posts?
15. I posted my response – where is it?
16. Why was my post rejected?
17. Do I have to post my response so everyone can read it? Some of these questions are very personal!
18. I don’t have a sponsor – what do I do?
19. When there are 13 weeks in the quarter - how does that work out here?
20. How do I know if I’m ready for WTS?
21. Am I a member?
22. How can I get off this loop?
23. What should I do if I don’t like something that is posted on the list?
24. How does someone become a Trusted Servant of WTS or The Recovery Group (TRG)?
25. I don't understand all the words used? What is COE?
26. Does WTS have a website with archives of past WTS studies?
27. What are the WTS archives?
28. I have a question that hasn’t been answered by the FAQs.

1. What is WTS?

WTS stands for Working the Steps. We are an e-mail discussion list for compulsive eaters who suffer from that disease and have found that by working a Twelve Step program, the quality of our lives are better and, as a result, we lose the weight that has plagued us for so long. WTS has four workshop/studies a year and each covers all 12 Steps. We encourage our members to work the Steps with a sponsor. We have them available if you do not have one.

2. What is the primary purpose of WTS?

In accordance with OA Tradition 5, our primary purpose is to carry our message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers. In addition we use OA Protocol on this list and ask that you do not Crosstalk and focus your responses on the Steps only. The Step Leader will ask questions after each Step to help facilitate your interaction.

3. When I want to post to the entire WTS loop, what address do I use?

WTS@lists.therecoverygroup.org

4. Is it OK to write someone privately on the WTS list?

Yes. Just be sure you delete the name of the list or else your private letter will be going to 700 people. Since this would cause loop clutter, the Coordinator will “reject” your post and ask you to send it privately.

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5. Is this an anonymous list?

Yes. Anonymity can be guarded online more than anywhere else in the world. Some of us will even use a special Email address to assure that no one knows who we are. On the other hand, some do not require this and we use our names. The Recovery Group respects the anonymity of its members. Since this list is composed primarily of OA members, it is not a public media of communication and thus members may use their last names if they desire. Pseudonyms are acceptable. Readers of this list are urged to respect the anonymity of the users of this list. What you read here, what you see here, let it stay here. Please do not pass on messages that are posted to this list without first getting the permission of the author. We try to make the communication as protected as possible so that everyone can feel free to write.

6. How do I subscribe to and unsubscribe from WTS?

To subscribe send a blank email to: WTS-subscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org. To unsubscribe send a blank email to: WTS-unsubscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org.

7. Where do I direct my questions about how the loop works?

Send all questions and comments to the WTS Trusted Servants at WTSAdm@lists.therecoverygroup.org

8. I am getting a huge amount of email. Help!

The Trusted Servants want you to know that at first there is a lot of mail generated here; however, after just a couple of weeks it lessens considerably. You should feel free to delete all other than the Step leader's shares. Many enjoy and learn from the shares of others and join a group study for that reason. Others prefer to share their step work with just their sponsor. 

There are five ways to receive WTS mail:

  1. Individual
  2. Digest
  3. WTS Archives
  4. WTS Website
  5. WTS Weekly

9. Am I supposed to read all the mail?

No. It is in writing our own experience that we find recovery using the Steps. WTS is designed to have the Step Leader share his/her experience once a week for 12 weeks. Most leaders will include some questions or an assignment to get you started; however, ultimately how each Step is worked is left up to each individual.

10. What is the “Digest” version?

The Digest version of WTS is the current 24 hours of e-mail condensed into one e-mail, sent only once a day. It includes an index with the subject line of each e-mail, and by clicking on it you are taken to a copy of the individual mail. The Digest is available for those who receive their mail in plain text or html.

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11. How do I change from getting individual email to the Digest version?

To change your individual mail subscription to the digest version send a blank email to: Listserv@lists.therecoverygroup.org: Then type the following in the message part of the email: set wts digest html. If your mail program is configured not to receive graphics and html, the command is set wts digest. To set back to INDIVIDUAL mail, the command is: set wts mail.

12. What is WTSWeekly?

WTSWeekly is an announcement only list and only the Step Leader posts there. It is designed for someone who wants to work the Steps with their sponsor and/or someone who has worked the Steps before and wants to participate in the current Step Study and work the Steps again. To join WTSWeekly, send a blank email to: WTSWeekly-subscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org.

13. How do I find the leader’s share and questions if I missed them?

Go to www.TheRecoveryGroup.org/WTS/. You will find all the Step Leaders' shares and questions there.

14. Why am I not getting anyone’s posts?

The most likely reason is that you are not actually subscribed to WTS. If you subscribed successfully you will have gotten three letters: two are automated responses (one from TRG, one from WTS) and the third is a personal greeting from our Greeter. The other reason people don’t get posts is that their spam filter may be blocking them. It is worth checking your spam mailbox to see if the missing posts are there.

15. I posted my response – where is it?

WTS is a “moderated” loop. This means that the Coordinator (not the leader) goes to a particular website several times each day, and reviews all of the posts. Some s/he approves, and some s/he rejects. Since the Coordinator is a Trusted Servant, not an employee, it may take some time before your post is reviewed.

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16. Why was my post rejected?

The most common reason that posts are rejected is that they are actually personal messages to another member. In a F2F meeting, this would be considered “crosstalk.” Because of the volume of mail on WTS, we ask that personal messages to another member be sent only to that individual, not to the whole loop. The Coordinator also rejects spam and any post that is actually on the topic of an outside issue. A personal email is always sent to anyone whose post was rejected, explaining why.

17. Do I have to post my response so everyone can read it? Some of these questions are very personal!

Absolutely not! In fact, lots of members of WTS don’t post their responses to the loop, but only share them with their sponsor.

18. I don’t have a sponsor – what do I do?

We work the steps with a sponsor. We encourage anyone who doesn't have a sponsor to find one before joining WTS. Our Sponsor Coordinators send out regular emails to WTS with contact information for available sponsors.

19. When there are 13 weeks in the quarter - how does that work out here?

This is up to the leader. Some leaders take two weeks for Step 4; some take two weeks for Step 9; some use the last week of the quarter to encourage members to finish up, unsubscribe if they don’t plan to continue with WTS, or get ready for the next round of shares and questions from a new leader.

20. How do I know if I’m ready for WTS?

The only requirement to join is to have the desire to stop eating compulsively. It has been our experience, however, that members will find WTS more rewarding if they:

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21. Am I a member?

If you send a blank email to WTS-subscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org, you will either get back an email saying you are already subscribed, or you will get a request for confirmation, which would mean you were not previously subscribed.

You are a member if you got an automated welcome letter and a personal letter from our Greeter. If you are not sure, you can always send an email to WTSADM@lists.therecoverygroup.org.

22. How can I get off this loop?

To unsubscribe from WTS, please send a blank email to: WTS-unsubscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org.

23. What should I do if I don’t like something that is posted on the list?

First of all, you will find things like that at a minimum in The Recovery Group. If you are offended by anything on WTS or any other list, please contact your Coordinator or write directly to TRGAdm@lists.therecoverygroup.org. Flame wars can begin when our members put personalities before principles and begin sending offensive letters to others.

24. How does someone become a Trusted Servant of WTS or The Recovery Group (TRG)?

If you are interested in serving, please let us know. We maintain a Trusted Servant Pool and a Training Program for Trusted Servants. Because we have many e-mail discussion lists and meetings, we are always in need of Trusted Servants and Meeting Leaders. To volunteer, send an email to: TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org or MTGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org. Our Trusted Servants are presented at the end of each year to the Recovery Intergroup where we ask for a vote of acclamation for the term of January 1 - December 31. We ask our Trusted Servants to commit to the Twelve Traditions, The Recovery Guidelines and Protocol and the terms of service.

25. I don't understand all the words used? What is COE?

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26. Does WTS have a website with archives of past WTS studies?

Yes. We have every Step Study since 1996 on the Recovery Website at the following URL: www.therecoverygroup.org/wts/index.html.

27. What are the WTS archives?

If you don't want any mail coming into your mailbox, you can read the mail on the web. Go to html://lists.therecoverygroup.org and log in using a private password. Click WTS and you will see a list of all the mail by month. Click on the current month and you will see all the mail in chronological order. This mail is sortable and searchable. You can also post from the archives and choose to send to the author or the whole list.

28. I have a question that hasn’t been answered by the FAQs.

Administrative questions about WTS should be emailed to wtsadm@lists.thercoverygroup.org. Please do not send administrative questions to WTS@lists.therecoverygroup.org as your email will be rejected by the Coordinator.




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