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I would very much like to be able to start discussions on petitions that I do not wish to sign. Your current policy of allowing members to comment only on those petitions which they sign is, effectively, forcing members to sign petitions with which they disagree in order to comment on them.
Please change this policy and open up discussion areas on all petitions.
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