The main issue as they see it seems to the have been the technical problems associated with verifying and recording high volumes of signatures – meaning that the database updates had to be batched.
There’s still no consideration of the processes that (could/should) take place after a petition has been submitted, though it looks like someone is having a go at that too, here http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/respect/ – perhaps I should sign… now done
Anyway, whatever one might think of the system, it is significant and deserves constructive feedback. I have already suggested that they provide links to discussion forums (if No 10 is unwilling to take on the hosting/moderation role), which has made it as number 18 on their list of suggestions here.
I have just also suggested that a ‘comment on this petition’ option be added to allow users to note duplications (eg http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/imarekab/ and http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/faithschools/ ) or to highlight petitions that seem to go beyond the powers of the PM or government, such as those requiring the PM to change the Radio 4 schedules (here, here and here). At least, I hope No 10 doesn’t think it has the power to tell the BBC what to do.
A simple drop down list with reason (duplication, outwith powers etc) and textbox for details would be enough, I would think – supplemented by some sort of identification and email verification to keep things under control. Apart from anything else, it would help the administrators separate comments on individual petitions from general feedback to team_at_petitions.pm.gov.uk
Let’s see if that makes it too! (Well, it’s there now, because I edited the wiki directly)