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Baby Steps by to Expand Public Comment Function

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, February 15 2009

Yesterday, I tweeted a complaint that the public comment page on, where legislation is theoretically being posted five days before President Obama's signs it to allow the public to chime in, only allowed for a 500 character entry. This is absurd, I wrote.

This morning, I took another glance and noticed the space allotted for comments had been expanded to 5,000 characters. This is much better, methinks. Though it's still a far cry from a meaningful use of the web to engage the public in monitoring and improving the legislative process. But I guess you have to take baby steps before you can walk.

Now you can enter the full text of a Maureen Dowd column and still
have 500 characters left over for a few Ana Marie Cox tweets...