There's a myriad of policies that have been bent thanks to petitions on Change.org, a popular site where anyone can pick a cause, start a petition and circulate.
But will it work with the NCAA?
As first pointed out by CBSSports.com, thousands of fans have signed a petition on the site urging the NCAA to reinstate Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who was banned after testing positive for a substance he says he was given in high school, not knowing it was a banned substance.
Because the drug was administered incorrectly, according to ESPN's Outside the Lines, the drug still remains entrapped in fat in his body and as a result, he has failed multiple drug tests. The NCAA says, until he can pass, he can't step foot in a game.
The petition, which was started by California resident Jeremy Barton, asks the NCAA to review its enforcement of its rulebook -- something many have said is too rigid.
"The kid has gone above and beyond the necessary to prove, statistically, that he is not using banned substances," the petition reads.
As of Sunday, it has reached more than 4,000 signatures.
The NCAA and president Mark Emmert rarely bend to outside pressure and have faced more significant outcry than the one over Houston. But a groundswell of support from random strangers can surely make anyone's day.
Houston, meanwhile, seems to be keeping himself occupied while awaiting a change in the NCAA's policies, should it ever come.
I'm man enough to say Safe Haven was a good movie.. I know @blakesailors07 will agree
— Kolton Houston (@KoltonHouston75) May 13, 2013