Petition
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
Originally a signed paper addressed to some official, praying that certain action be taken. In fandom, however, petitions are anything but humble supplications. For ensample, there was the one signed by many attendees of the Newark Convention, reprimanding Sykora for misuse of his chairmanship of the Con. A little later, following the June 1938 FAPA elections, Speer got signatures from more than half the members to a Petition of Reprimand demanding no repetition of the Wollheimists' tactics in that election.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
Originally a signed paper addressed to some official, praying that certain action be taken. In fandom, however, petitions are anything but humble supplications. For example, there was one signed by many attendees of the Newark Convention, which reprimanded Sykora for misuse of his chairmanship of the Convention. A little later, following the June 1938 FAPA elections, Speer got signatures from more than half of the members of a Petition of Reprimand demanding no repetition of the Wollheimists' tactics in the election. The Constitution of the FAPA now makes an instrument in the form of a petition the means by which a majority of the active members can at any time do almost anything that lies in the sovereignty of the organization.