One of the top FAQs on the government's e-petitions website is "Why can't I vote against a petition?". The answer to that question gives a very good explanation of why that's not appropriate for a petition website (after all, you can't vote against a paper petition either). But it does indicate that there is a demand for a place where people can express their opinion on a petition without having to sign it. This website exists to fill that gap.
In the process, I've also taken the opportunity to present the petition data slightly differently to the official site. Repetition.me automatically extracts common tags and references to legislation, and allows you to search or browse using those as keywords. And I've also made use of some of the additonal data collected by the government e-petition site but not displayed publicly there. For example, where a petition has 1,000 or more signatures then the number of signatories is broken down by postcode district (eg, CB1 or ST4) so that you can see where a petition is popular.
Petition data is updated daily, so it runs slightly behind the official site which updates in near real-time.
The name, "Repetition.me", is something of a multidimensional pun. The word "repetition" means the act or process or an instance of repeating or being repeated, and this site repeats petitions that exist on the official site. But it can also be read as "re-petition", meaning to petition again, or "re: petition", meaning about a petition. So you can read it how you like. And it's a .me domain partly because the equivalent .uk and .com domains were already taken, and partly because it just sounds nicer!
Mentally, I pronounce the name of the site as "re-petition dot me". But you can pronounce it how you want to.
Credits and Copyright
Repetition.me is a Good Stuff website.
Coding is by Mark Goodge.
All petition content is © Crown Copyright and used according to the terms of the e-petitions website.
All original content is © copyright Mark Goodge and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence