The early responses to the White House petitions are in and the results are mixed. While I thought that the response to the Student Loan and the so called Fair Tax petitions were proper, the responses to the Religion in Government and Marihuana petitions were canned and avoided the issues presented in the petitions. There is already a backlash against these canned responses, but there is little credit given to the responses that were proper. Here is what I suggested to the whitehouse.gov petition set:
You should add Like and Dislike buttons to your responses. Not all of your responses were canned.
The early petitions at the White House We the People site have long surpassed the 5000 signature mark, but we still waiting for the promised response. Hopefully, they are carefully considering how they should respond because their response will make or break this petition site. I sent them this comment:
I really want this site to succeed. When you respond to the petitions related to Cannabis, please don't group them together and sluff them off collectively, like you did in 2009. The public needs to see that you understand the important differences in each petition.
The "We the People" petition site needs more mainstream petitions to be credible. The problem may be their 150 signature threshold. I submitted this comment to the website:
When a new petition is submitted, you search for similar petitions to help prevent duplicate efforts. But you only search petitions that reached the 150 signature threshold. As a result, you are getting a lot of similar petitions below the 150 threshold.
The 150 threshold favors fringe ideas with existing organized support. Many mainstream ideas do not have organizations behind them. So mainstream petitions are trapped below the 150 threshold, even though they are submitted many times by several different authors.
To make your petition website credible, we need to see more mainstream ideas. You can help by searching all petitions for duplicates when a new petition is submitted.