The Pro/Con PetitionsTM functionality allows Users to set up directly opposing petitions, side by side. This allows for a healthy debate, as there are often TWO SIDES to every issue.

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FAQs

Monster Petitions FAQs and Help

A) About Monster Petitions
» What is Monster Petitions? (What is our mission statement?)

Monster Petitions is a premier, worldwide and leading edge online petition site. Our mission is to provide a free, world class and leading edge innovative petition platform that will empower our users to change the world - or, just their neighborhood.

Please also see our About Us for more information.

» Is Monster Petitions a non-profit company? (How does Monster Petitions make money?)

Monster Petitions strives to do the public good, though we are not a non-profit company, as is the case with most other online petition sites, including Change.org. We are also currently planning an initiative where we would support top, selected non-profits with 5% of our yearly profits.

Monster Petitions is wholly owned by TriStone Consulting Group, LLC, a social media company that currently manages social media assets with over 2 million members.

In order to provide our free and innovative petition platform (including free petition creation, signing and sharing tools) and hire a support and Customer Care Team, Monster Petitions may display advertising, assist in the promotion of sponsored petitions, or otherwise promote services or products that we believe are relevant and useful for our Users.

» Why does Monster Petitions only operate in English?

Monster Petitions is currently focusing our resources on maintaining a high level of quality with our English language online petition site. Look for us to expand our language offering in the future.

» Do I have to pay to create/sign a petition or start a campaign?

It’s absolutely free to create a petition.

It’s also absolutely free to sign petitions, share petitions with friends and family; and free to use practically all of the petition tools and functionality on Monster Petitions.

Our goal is to make it easy for you to create, sign, and share petitions so that you can easily and effectively advance the causes you believe in and make a difference.

» Why should I use Monster Petitions instead of another petition site?

An online petition created at Monster Petitions can have a lot of credibility as signature collection is regulated and a person's identity is verified to prevent robot email accounts. We make the effort to weed out spam and to make signing a petition easy. The real power of a petition though is the volume of people supporting it and every name, every 'voice' counts, especially yours.

Monster Petitions was designed to maximize user engagement with unique features such as the ability to create opposing petitions and participation in comment exchanges.

Monster Petitions has the tools to make your cause effective.  

» What are Pro/Con Petitions? I don't see it on other petition sites?

Pro/Con Petitions is a leading edge Monster Petitions innovation.

 The Pro/Con Petitions functionality allows Users to set up directly opposing petitions, side by side. This allows for a healthy debate, as there are often TWO SIDES to every issue. With this functionality, we allow users to consider BOTH sides so they he/she can make their own decision as to which side they support – and how they ‘VOTE’.

» Why are Comments allowed on petitions? I don’t see it on other petitions sites?

Leaving a well thought out comment next to your signature adds even more weight to it. The comment need not be long, just a brief explanation of why you felt compelled to sign this particular petition.

B) My Monster Petitions Account
» I forgot my password. What do I do?

To request for a new password, go to the Log In page and click “Forgot Password” below the log in box. We will then ask for your email so that we can verify if you are really asking for a password change. From there, you can input a new password.

» Do I have to create an account to use Monster Petitions?

You do not have to create an account to navigate through the large majority of our site. You can freely read petitions without having an account.

In instances where it is important to do so (like creating or signing a petition) you do have to create an account at Monster Petitions.

Any information you provide during the registration process serves an important purpose. Many officials, including members of Congress, won’t even accept a letter unless it includes your full name. In addition, addresses are used to match signatures to representatives. Without sufficient information from you, it would not be possible to show that the petitions and signatures on our site are from the real people that the decision maker cares about hearing from.

The information you provide is safeguarded by our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

» How do I change my account information?

Once you log in to your Monster Petitions account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “Edit Profile” link. You will be able to do the following:

  • Upload a photo for your Monster Petitions profile
  • Edit your first name and last name
  • Edit your address
  • Edit your phone number (optional)
  • Enter a description about yourself
  • Enter a website to be associated with your Monster Petitions account
  • Create a shortcut link to your Monster Petitions profile
» How do I close my Monster Petitions account?

Closing a Monster Petitions account will permanently disable access to your petitions, your Monster Petition friends network, and your email history.

To close your account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “Settings” link. Next click on the “Close Acount” link. You will be asked to confirm that you want to close your account. Click “Confirm” to permanently close your account.

» What happens to my petition and signatures if I close my account?

If you close your account, all of your petitions will become inactive. All of your signatures to other petitions will remain on those petitions, but you will not receive any update emails related to those petitions.

In addition, you will no longer be able to access your friends network or participate in Monster Petitions activities, though you may still browse petitions.

C) Creating and Managing Your Petitions 1) Petition Creation Basics
» What is a petition and how does it work?

A petition is a powerful tool for effecting change.

A petition is a written and public message to a decision maker requesting that they take some specified action. Individuals (often, large numbers) will sign the petition to show their support and solidarity for the petition’s cause, thereby persuading and pressuring the decision maker to take the action requested.

In the end, we all make a difference and the world becomes a better place!

» Who can create a petition?

Any person age 13 or older can create a petition. You just need to want to make a difference. We have all the tools to make this happen. You can start right away. Once you get started you’ll be asked to register and login (if you haven’t already done so).

Start a Petition today!

» Do online petitions make a difference?

Yes, definitely!

There is a substantial record and history of petitions making a difference, effecting change and impacting the course of human events, both large and small. See our Blog for examples of historical and recently successful petitions and victories.

Monster Petitions helps to make petitions successful by centralizing signature collection and by providing the tools and means to share and get the word out about your cause. In addition, your impact is magnified when journalists write about your petition, when you inspire others to take action, and when similar decision makers change their behavior to avoid being petitioned.

In so many ways, online petitions do make a difference.

» Do I have to pay to create a petition or start a campaign?

It’s absolutely free to create a petition. It’s also absolutely free to sign petitions, share petitions with friends and family; and free to use practically all of the petition tools and functionality on Monster Petitions.

Our goal is to make it easy for you to create, sign, and share petitions so that you can easily and effectively advance the causes you believe in and make a difference.

» What petition topics are appropriate?

You can create a petition on any subject or for any cause where you want to make a difference.

We encourage petitions from all viewpoints. In fact, our Pro/Con Petitions directly allow for opposing and competing points of view by presenting opposing petitions side by side in a respectful way, allowing the users to decide which side of the issue they support.

Of course, petitions that are offensive, illegal or harassing in nature or that violate our Terms of Use may be taken down.

» How many signatures should I aim to collect?

It can be as little as a hundred for a community issue to several thousand or more for a national or global issue. To start, set your sights on a reachable number. Once your initial goal is reached, we will help you to overachieve by automatically bumping up your target and continue to build your collection of signatures for your petition.

Although not every petition gets a million signatures, some do and yours might. The more time and effort you put into sharing your petition and advocating for your cause, the more signatures you’ll collect.

2) Making Petitions Successful
» How do I write a good petition?

Getting Started on Your Online Petition

Starting an online petition is quick and easy, but in order for your petition to be the effective tool of change you want it to be, you do have to give it a little thought before it goes live and then make a commitment to follow through and build the momentum you need to achieve your goal.

All successful online petitions have some key elements in common:

  • The petition is clear about what needs to change
  • The petition contains a clear idea about how the change can be implemented
  • The petition is directed to a person, company or organization that can truly make the desired change happen

So before you begin your online petition you should ask yourself how you are going to make your issue fit these criteria. For example, the desire to end animal cruelty is a noble one, but it is an issue that is very broad with lots of different issues. However, if you can zero in on a specific issue - perhaps asking a single cosmetics manufacturer to stop testing their products on animals and address that petition to the company's CEO - you stand a far better chance of success and although it will be a smaller step it will be a step in the right direction.

To summarize, you need to ask yourself the following;

  • What is the specific thing I want to see change?
  • In what way can that change be made effectively?
  • Who do I need to petition in order to get this change made?

Once you have figured this out you are ready to get started!

Create a Click-Worthy Title.

If someone comes to Monster Petitions, they will usually find that there are lots of different petitions competing for their attention and their signature. This means that your petition needs to capture their attention quickly - you only have about five seconds - so writing an engaging, click-worthy title is a must.

Your title should not be wordy or fussy; it should be short and get straight to the point, so the reader can get a good idea, with just a glance, of what your petition is all about. There is a very easy formula for doing this:

Target Decision Maker + Desired Change = Your Petition's Title

For example:

  • Acme Burgers: Pay Your Workers a Living Wage
  • Cute Cosmetics: Stop Testing Products on Animals
  • Governor Bloggs: Sign the Anti-Bullying Bill

Tell a Compelling Story

Once you have a reader's attention you have to keep it until they add their name to your petition. You need to tell these people why they should care enough to publicly pledge their support to your cause. Describe how the Acme Burger workers are struggling because their employers do not pay them enough. Tell your readers about the pain and suffering cute rabbits go through when that eye shadow is created. But make sure you stick to the facts you know to be true. A petition based on rumors and speculation is not credible and will never be taken seriously.

Remember the Power of Show and Tell

That old saying 'a picture can be worth a thousand words' is especially true when it comes to an online petition. A powerful image next to your headline can attract far more clicks, and signatures than simply a headline alone.

Have the Best Contact Information for Your Decision Maker

Every time a person signs your petition, you have further ammunition to present to the person who can make the change - the decision maker. To make sure that every voice is heard, it is up to you to make sure that you have the best contact information you can find for your decision maker. While you probably will not be able to find a personal email for your target, a search of Google listings, press release archives and even social media accounts should help you find a direct link.

Write the Letter to be Sent to your Decision Maker

Every time your petition gains a new signature, you will have an opportunity to send an update letter to the decision maker. This letter needs to be short, to the point and written in a respectful manner if it is going to be taken seriously. And on that note you also need to double and triple check your spelling and grammar, as a badly written letter loses a lot of credibility.

Make Sure You are Prepared to Follow Up

In order for your petition to be successful you can't just post it and forget about it. Make sure that the email address attached to your Monster Petitions account is one that you use often, so that you know right away when you have gained a new supporter. Also, because your petition is so easy to edit you should update it as new facts or issues emerge.

» How can I help my petition succeed?

Promoting Your Online Petition

Adding your online petition to Monster Petitions is a great start, but if you want it to truly be successful you have to take the time to promote it and there are many different ways you can do that, and encourage others to do the same.

Start with Your Own Networks

Facebook

Many petitions end up doing very well because they receive attention on Facebook. Here are some things that you could consider implementing via your personal Facebook page:

  • Add a link to your petition to your personal Facebook page or even create a new page that promotes your cause.
  • Use the Facebook Notes feature to post updates or short posts and articles about your petition and the issue it addresses.
  • Facebook now utilizes hashtags - # - in the same way that Twitter does. Sharing a hashtag and encouraging others to do the same can help your petition go viral. 

If your decision maker has a Facebook presence, tag them in your posts so that they will be seen by that person's fans and followers who may otherwise never see your posts.

Twitter

You do have 140 characters for your updates but don't use them all as you want people to be able to retweet your update.

Make a new Twitter account related to your petition and use an application like Twiends to find like-minded people to follow (who will then hopefully follow you back).

Differ your updates. Twitter does not like to see people using the same updates over and over again and doing so may result in your account being suspended.

Watch the trending topics and popular hashtags to see if there is a way you can fit your issue in with them.

Google +

In addition to posting updates, you can make use of the easy-to-use Google Hangout Feature to schedule a live discussion about your petition. Once the live session is over you will be left with a YouTube video that you can then use on many other social networks as well.

Create More Media

The advent of YouTube has made the potential for explosive outreach possible. The appeal of visual cues and a worthy cause that users can personally identify with make for a powerful combination.

Is it possible to make a video about your issue? Are their people you could interview briefly to illustrate your point or a site visit you could film? If so, you can help make both your online petition and your promotion even more effective. You do not need to be Steven Spielberg; all you really need is a decent device (smart phone, camera, or videocam) and a little commitment.

Write a Press Release

A press release can be a great way to reach traditional journalists, online journalists and prominent bloggers because all of these people make use of online press releases to find things to write about. There are even some free services that will give you the chance to get your news featured in Google News. Good sites to try include newsvine.com and prlog.com.

Look to Your Local Community Offline

Are there organizations or people in your local community who could help you promote your cause? Check the local newspapers, Google Local or even Facebook groups to find them.

» Do you have advanced tips on how to help my petition succeed?

Once your petition starts to gather signatures and momentum, your job as the main petitioner is still not over. Now you have to begin making plans to connect with your decision maker directly. There are many important steps to bring your campaign to a successful conclusion.

Talking to Your Decision Maker

This can be the hardest - and most intimidating - part of the whole process. Much of the time you will have an opinion that is very different from the one your decision maker currently holds. Often that is part of the reason your petition exists in the first place. If you are well prepared, however, and you plan out what you want to say, talking to you decision maker does not need to be a scary prospect at all.

Determining How to Speak with Your 'Target'

If yours is a very local cause, involving a local figure or business owner arranging a face to face meeting may be quite straightforward. It should always be a formal prearranged meeting though. Ambushing your decision maker will damage your cause and may even get you into legal trouble.

If your decision maker is a national figure then your job is harder and getting a direct meeting face to face may be impossible. This is when you will really begin having to work the phones and form relationships with the gatekeepers who can at least help you get a phone meeting with your 'target'.

Scripting Your Conversation

Once you have secured some kind of meeting with your decision maker you should write a script that you can follow. This is not for you to recite word for word but to give you a guide and keep you focused on what you need to say.

Most important is that you get your 'ask' across well, the thing(s) you are really asking the decision maker to do. Make sure your focus remains on these issues and even if you receive a less than friendly response you should not become angry or belligerent as that will undo all of your hard work and probably ensure that your decision maker will not speak to you again.

Dealing with 'No'

“No” may be something you have to become accustomed to hearing as you try to make direct contact with your decision maker. Their gatekeepers may say that they are too busy to talk to you. They may tell you the person you need to speak with to gain access is unavailable. They may even tell you that they have never heard of your petition.

When you face these kinds of roadblocks - and you almost always will - be politely persistent and have an 'elevator speech' version of your petition's issues prepared so that you can quickly and succinctly explain your issues at any given time.

Finally if you get a negative response, one that definitely states that your decision maker is not willing to act as you would like, document the response and then use it to add new momentum to your cause, updating your petition to inform current supporters about what is going on and hopefully rallying them to throw their weight behind your cause with even more enthusiasm than before.

» Can I share petitions through social Media?

Yes, we’ve placed social media icons and sharing links throughout the site so that you can easily share your petitions through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and others.

You can share your own petition or the petitions of others just as easily. And, there are also links to share with your email list.  (See the email icon next to the social media icons.)

Sharing through social media and your email list is the best way to support and advocate for a cause – and, to make a difference.

» Can I pay for help in promoting my petition?

Yes, we often get requests for help and we do have some great options for petition promotion, although starting and maintaining a petition on our site will always be free.

please contact our Terms of Use Department in the “Contact Us” link and we will be happy to investigate.

Let us know how we can help by using our “Contact Us” link.

3) Managing your Petitions
» How do I find my petitions to edit or manage them?

Monster Petitions make is easy to quickly access all petitions you have created.

Once you log in to your Monster Petitions account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “View all I’ve Started” link. You will be shown a list of all petitions you have created. Click on the “Edit” link to make changes to your petition. Click on “Manage” link to manage/promote your petition.

» How do I add an image or video to my petition?

Once you log in to your Monster Petitions account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “View all I’ve Started” link. You will be shown a list of all petitions you have created. Click on the “Edit” link to make changes to your petition.

Now you have the option to upload an image from your computer, or choose from one of the images from our library. You may also embed a video in your petition by adding a link to the video. Users will be able to click on the link to view your video.

» What information do I receive about the signers of my petition?

We will share their names and basic location information, city, state, county, country. We do not however share the physical address or emails of signers with anyone, not even those who created the petition. 

» How can I contact or update the signers of my petition?

Just as you have a list of all petitions you have signed, all signers of your petition have a list your petition on their list of petitions signed. You can update your petition at any time, and signers will be notified of your update. It would be a good idea to update your petition title to let signers know that new information has been added to your petition.

You are able to update your petition up to five times, but only once per day.

» My petition is about to expire. How do I keep it open?

Easy! Simply head to your user dashboard and change the end date.

» How do I submit my petition and signatures to the decision maker?

That is something that is up to you, we cannot take that final step for you. But we do offer some useful suggestions in our 'Talking to Your Decision Maker' section in the Help Guides.

When you are ready to deliver your petition you will be able to download it from your User dashboard so that you can email or print it to be sent off, or handed, to your decision maker. You will not be charged for doing this. 

» How do I delete an old or irrelevant petition I created?

You can close your petition at any time, and even declare it a “Victory”. Once your petition is closed, there will be no further activity can associated with it. 

Keep in mind that Monster Petitions reserves the right to delete any petition that violates our Terms of  Use policy.

If you feel that a petition might be in violation of our Terms of Use policy, please contact our Terms of Use Department in the “Contact Us” link and we will be happy to investigate.

D) Signing and Sharing Petitions 1) Signing Basics
» Do I need an account to sign petitions?

Yes. To ensure the integrity of all petitions, you will be required to create an account before the first time you sign a petition.

It’s easy and you only have to do this once. Once your account is created, the information is saved for your future use.

» Why do you need information from me before I can sign a petition?

The information that we request serves an important purpose.

Many officials, including members of Congress, won’t even accept a letter unless it includes your full name. In addition, addresses are used to match signatures to representatives. Without sufficient information from you, it would not be possible to show that the petitions and signatures on our site are from the real people that the decision maker cares about hearing from.

The information you provide is safeguarded by our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

» Who will see my signature information?

When you sign a petition, your name, state and date/time you signed the petition will appear on the public signature page. This is important to show that the petition is being signed by real supporters. However, you always also have the option to hide your name and have it replaced with the word 'Anonymous'.

When the petition closes, signature information may be provided to the Petition Creator as proof of the number of supporters. However, they will not get your email address, street address or phone number.

Monster Petitions values your privacy and trust. Please see the safeguards in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

» Can I hide my signature from public view?

Yes, you can hide your name and have it replaced with the word “Anonymous”.

However, keep in mind that it is always better to have more “named” signatures. The media provides more coverage for petitions that have more signatures. Decision makers are greatly influenced by a petition with a lot of signatures, even if some of the signatures are not from their direct constituents. And, petition writers appreciate the solidarity and support you show when you sign their petition.

» Can I sign a petition if I’m not from the state or country being addressed?

It depends. Every petition is different. Some lend themselves to a global audience while others have a very local focus. In some cases, especially in the U.S., a politician may discount signatures that are not from his or her direct constituency. However, if an issue resonates with you it never hurts to lend your name to the cause in solidarity with what the petitioner is trying to achieve.

» I clicked ‘Sign Now’ but why don’t I see my signature posted?

Monster Petitions guards against violations of its Terms of Use policy. Occasionally, certain words may trigger filters that might delay signatures or comments from appearing. Please check back in 48 hours, and if you still don’t see your signature or comment, please contact our Terms of Use Department in the “Contact Us” link and we will be happy to investigate your issue.

» Can I edit or change my signature?

Signing a petition is a serious thing and not to be done lightly. Once you have thoughtfully decided to sign a petition, you will up to 72 hours to remove your signature from a petition using the link provided in the “Thank You” email that was sent to you after you signed the petition. After 72 hours, it will remain part of the list of signers.

2) More about Signing
» Is my address included in a petition?

No, your address is not included in a petition. However, your name, city, and comments will be available to the petition creator for the purpose of presenting to the decision maker to effect the desired change. Monster Petitions does not disclose email or any other personal information to petition creators or any other party.

» Should and how do I leave a comment when signing a petition?

Yes, leaving comments when signing a petition is a great way for others to benefit from your experiences and perspective, encouraging them to engage in the cause that you support. This is particularly important when petition are presented to decision makers to convince them of the importance of the desired change.

Just before you click on the “Sign Now” button for a petition, take the time to enter your thoughts in the “Comments” field.  

» How do I contact the petition owner?

Each Monster Petitions petition has an author. If you are interested in learning more about the author, simply click on the author’s name. You will see some personal information that the author has shared, such as city, state, country, or a short description about the author.

If the author has created other petitions, you will also see a list of these petitions. This can be particularly useful when an author’s values are aligned with yours.

You can also click on the “Add friend” button to request that you be added to his/her “Friends” list. As part of this friend request, you can send the author a “Personal Message”. This message will appear in the author’s Monster Petitions internal mail box.

Once the author has accepted your invitation to be a “friend”, you can use the “Messages” functionality that is part of your personal dashboard to compose a message to the author (as well as any of your other Monster Petitions “friends”).

» Where can I see all the petitions I’ve signed?

Monster Petitions make is easy to quickly access all petitions you have signed.

Once you log in to your Monster Petitions account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “View all I’ve Signed” link. You will be shown a list of all petitions you have signed. 

3) Sharing Petitions
» How do I share petitions through social media? (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+?)

We’ve placed social media icons and sharing links throughout the site so that you can easily share your petitions through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and others.

You can share your own petition or the petitions of others just as easily. There are also links to share with your email list. (See the email icon next to the social media icons.)

Sharing through social media and your email list is the best way to support, advocate for a cause, and to make a difference.

» How do I embed my petition on my website?

Every Monster Petitions petition has a unique URL.

Click on the “Welcome (your name)” button located at the top of the website. You will see a list of the petitions that you have created. Click on the title of your petition (not “VIEW”) and you will be directed to the petition view that other users would see.

Simply copy the entire URL address at the top of your browser and paste it as a link on your website.

E) Organizations Using Monster Petitions
» Can we create an account, profile or petition as an organization?

Monster Petitions accounts are meant to be for individuals. However, you are able to augment your profile to include a bit more information about yourself, including affiliations with organizations.

Once you log in to your Monster Petitions account, click on the “Welcome <your username>” link, which will bring you to your “My Dashboard” page. Click on the “Edit Profile” link. You will be able to do the following:

Upload a photo for your Monster Petitions profile

  • Edit your first name and last name
  • Edit your address
  • Edit your phone number (optional)
  • Enter a description about yourself
  • Enter a website to be associated with your Monster Petitions account
  • Create a shortcut link to your Monster Petitions profile
» How can Monster Petitions help to advance our causes and/or find us more supporters?

Every Monster Petitions petition has a unique URL. Your organization can use this URL as a link in emails, on websites, on social media, etc. to easily spread the news and share actual petitions that will advance your cause.

See the FAQ for “How do I embed my petition on my website?”

» How do we manage our organization’s account, profile or petitions?

Like other online petition sites, Monster Petitions is meant to be used by individuals. This is because all signatures presented to legislators (or corporations) must represent actual people. However, as long as the account is not used for signing petitions, a Monster Petitions account can easily be used to create petitions on behalf of your organization.

A Monster Petitions accounts can be created using an email account, Facebook account, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account.

When creating a Monster Petitions account, make use of the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields to represent your organization. For example, a “First Name” of “Greenpeace” and a “Last Name” of “Canada” will allow petitions created under this Monster Petitions account to show the author as “Greenpeace Canada”.

Alternatively, a Monster Petitions account with a “First Name” of “John Smith” and a “Last Name” of “- Greenpeace Canada” will allow petitions created under this Monster Petitions account to show the author as “John Smith - Greenpeace Canada”.

Once a Monster Petitions account is created, anyone with the account password can “administer” the Monster Petitions account.

» Can we add or remove Administrators for our organization’s account?

A Monster Petitions accounts can be created using an email account, Facebook account, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account.

Once a Monster Petitions account is created, anyone with the account password can “administer” the Monster Petitions account.

On the one hand, this is important for the protection and security of your Monster Petitions account.

On the other hand, this allows your organization to grant access to your Monster Petitions account to multiple users simply by sharing in confidence the account and password.

If there are any changes in administrator for your organization, we strongly recommend that the password be changed and the new password shared with the appropriate people.

F) Legal Concerns and Questions
» Do I have any legal responsibilities in creating or signing a petition?

Yes, you have to abide by our sites Privacy Policy and Terms of Use Policy.

» How can I report abusive or offensive content? (How do I contact your Legal Department?)

Monster Petitions provides the tools and functionality for users to easily create, support and share petitions. In this role, when users create petitions, we function as a passive intermediary.

Accordingly, Monster Petitions is absolved from liability pursuant to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for these types of petitions. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230_of_the_Communications_Decency_Act).

In general, we encourage petitions from all viewpoints. In fact, our Pro/Con Petitions directly allow for opposing and competing points of view by presenting opposing petitions side by side, allowing users to decide which side of the issue they support.

On the other hand, petitions, comments or content that is obviously offensive, illegal or harassing in nature or that violates our Terms of Use will be taken down and such Users subject to permanent removal from our site. (Subject to our sole discretion after taking into account ‘freedom of speech’ constraints and concerns.)

If you find a particular petition inappropriate, we suggest that you contact the petition creator directly. See the FAQ for “How do I contact the petition owner?” and message the creator directly with your reasoned viewpoint.

If you still need to contact our Legal Department you may do so by providing the requested information here in our Contact Us form.

» How do you handle spam and fake signatures?

Monster Petitions has a very strict Terms of Use policy. Our team monitors for spam and inappropriate use, and will remove any content deemed offensive or not in the spirit of Monster Petitions’ mission to provide an environment to advance our users’ legitimate causes.

Users also have the ability to report inappropriate content by emailing our Terms of Use Department in the “Contact Us” link.

» What are your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy?

Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy follow to the greatest extent possible the best practices of the petition industry.

Here are the links to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

G) Technical Problems / Support
» I forgot my password. What do I do?

Click on the “Login” link. You will be prompted for your login email and password. If you have forgotten your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link. You will be asked to enter your login email. Once you click on the “Submit” button, you will receive an email from “Monster Petitions Admin” with a link to reset your password.

In the email, click on the “Click to change your password” link. You will be routed to a Monster Petitions Reset Password webpage where you can select a new password for your profile. Once you have entered and confirmed your new password, you will be brought to the Monster Petitions home page.

Click on the “Login” link and login in with your email and new password.

» Why can’t I see and/or sign a petition?

If you are unable to see or sign a petition, there may be some issues with the setting on your browser. Try to log out and then log in to the Monster Petitions website again. If you are still having problems, please email a description of you issue to our Customer Care Team and we will try to help you get back on track.

» Why can’t I see my signature after signing a petition?

After signing a petition, you should be able to see your signature on the signature list. In some cases, there may be issues with our filters, which screen for spam and offensive content. If you do not see your signature appear within 48 hours, please contact our Customer Care Team with a description of your issue.