Signing a petition has become part and parcel of protesting politics and fighting injustices.
People disaffected by the Brexit stalemate used the parliamentary e-petitions site to show their displeasure and call for Article 50 to be revoked in the record-busting, six-million signature petition back in March.
An even more recent example is the call for a public inquiry into the EU citizens who missed out on a vote in the recent EU elections, which has soured past 72,000 signatures in just four days and is now at almost 120,000.
In general terms I can say that petitions are the method that has enhanced engagement with parliament over the last few years
But how do you translate such mammoth support into meaningful change? Leeds University politics professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira has research petitions extensively and she insists that they need to be specific and dodge party political issues to avoid being derailed in parliament.
After all, an interconnected path to policymakers is also key – with the parliamentary petition site offering a government response if a petition receives 10,000 signatures and a debate for 100,000.
“In general terms I can say that petitions are the method that has enhanced engagement with parliament over the last few years,” said Leston Bandeira.