I was a little hesitant at first about using the cd petitions plugin. Something in my brains said it should be a component ... But after doing some pre-reading, going through the install of the cd petitions plugin, and their scriptgator & captcha plugins (necessary to function), and spending about 30 minutes of css styling time ... and my first petition was online, tested and looking great.
I did have one small issue that I posted to their forum, and had a reply with the perfect solution posted the same day.
Total time invested: about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Sure, it would be nice to have some kind of back-end interface, but the front-end ability to one-click export your list of petition signers and their collected info makes up for it.
Thank You for the awesome extension!