Planet13 - 3:16 pm on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
Post Panda, maybe the changes should be viewed less as a hurdle and more as a door.
Remember that the Chinese word for "Crisis" is made up of the ideograms for "Danger" AND "Opportunity."
I mentioned this in another thread, but if you give them a "because" in your link request (i.e., a reason why they should link to you, even if the reason only benefits you, and not them), research has shown that they are more likely to act upon those requests.
Also, show some commonality with them. This is a sad and gristly example, but I think the implications are pretty clear.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, everybody has heard of Brian Stowe, a fan of the local Giants baseball team, who when seeing a game down in Los Angeles against the rival Dodgers, and was beaten into a coma.
His progress in recovering is reported upon almost daily, and fundraisers for his medical expenses have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Now, people in Los Angeles are beaten into a coma nearly every day, and here in San Francisco, there will be about a hundred homicides. None of those will get any media attention, and nobody is going to raise funds for those victims, or the relatives of those victims.
But by putting Mr. Stowe's tragedy of being a Giants' Fan (and having the news show photos of him in his Giants' paraphernalia), there has been a shared commonality with the tens of thousands of Giants' fans in the Bay Area.
Please note: I am NOT saying that Mr. Stowe's plight is undeserving of such sympathy. I am simply pointing out that when a cause "resonates" with others, you are more likely to see action.