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Band together around two popular members of the community.

Have someone that has been around for few years but just has 100 of karma post a similar call for help and see how many upvotes will receive.

I have seen HN display generosity on occasion to perfect strangers and throwaway accounts.

Sure, but would that someone turn to HN in such a case? Still, I expect you'd be surprised, especially if the account is a few years old.

Hey but let's hope we won't have to find out, huh? :)

It always helps to know influential people, whether on HN, or elsewhere!

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