wheel - 9:16 pm on Oct 29, 2009 (gmt 0) Which I think illustrates a couple of things. Not sure what :).
It works. I got a link from our industry's gov't appointed credential granting body. They don't link to commercial sites, and my site is a crappy little same-as-everyone-else's site. But I put on some research content (took some time and a bit of money) that was unique. Then I made the case that linking to my site was important to them, because researchers came to their site to find information, and these researchers couldn't find me if they didn't link. The webmaster still declined. But I went back and made the same case to the president, and he had the webmaster add the link.
Which I think illustrates a couple of things. Not sure what :).