Most problems in AA service are encountered when this structure is circumvented, and parallel structures are developed.
- A national public information committee devising guidelines which it then tries to impose directly on groups without the guidelines having been commissioned by conference or the board trustee and without approval from the board or from the conference
- Groups banding together to form sub-committees between themselves for public information work (in parallel with the integroup's public information work)
- Groups banding together to sponsor conventions or conferences, outside the AA service structure (instead of having the event sponsored by an integroup or region and thus accountable to AA as a whole)
- Free-standing conventions or conferences which are not accountable to the fellowship as a whole through the structure but which adopt the AA name
- Other free-standing committees that are not commisioned by the fellowship as a whole through the service structure
- Self-appointed committees of any sort
- Any committee trying to be accountable in two directions at once (e.g. to intergroup and to groups directly or to region and to groups directly).
- Internet discussion forums
- WhatsApp groups
- Email groups
- Other discussion in small groups