In case you missed how the ludicrous idea of building a Death Star actually got to official levels, it was all because of We the People.The petition site lets United States citizens create a petition for just about anything. If any petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the rules dictate that it has to be reviewed in an official capacity. That seems smart and fair until someone suggests that the government should construct a Death Star.
It was a funny idea, and while the White House did deliver an amazing response, they’ve also reconsidered the number of signatures We the People petitions need. It’s now 100,000. Macon Phillips, Director of Digital Strategy, stated:
When we first raised the threshold — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it “a good problem to have.” Turns out that “good problem” is only getting better, so we’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve.
Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration.
I think it’s a smart move that will help ensure that our government’s time won’t be wasted coming up with nerdy responses about space stations. That said, I think the Death Star petition could have easily raced past 100,000 signatures – and so could another petition like it.