As this stuff seems to be copy/pasted from EA guidelines, I'm guessing it's just a general EA standard policy:
Petition. Petitions do not contribute to a useful and productive forum.
This is under the "don'ts."
Is this now an official stance on petitions for the Sims Forums or just inadvertently included from standardizing things? I've never really used petitions myself, but I've seen them a lot and I could see a number of people getting a wrist slap for making a petition because they're so accustomed to them being allowed.
So I wanted to get clarification on whether this is truly a stance you're changing on and if so, perhaps an explanation as to why; whether it's just to standardize or if there is some other reason that might satisfy those that are accustomed to making and using petitions.
I'll admit I don't have the prior rules memorized, so it's possible petitions were always there in the don'ts of the rules somewhere, but I'm pretty sure I don't remember seeing them as a part of it before?