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Baby Steps by WhiteHouse.gov to Expand Public Comment Function

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, February 15 2009

Yesterday, I tweeted a complaint that the public comment page on WhiteHouse.gov, 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...