You know, I was just looking over the votes in more detail. Believe it or not, there was a tie between two people for the most number of 1st places received. Not surprisingly, one was first-prize winner jEd. But quite surprisingly, the other one was next-to-last-place me. Each of us had five people rank us first (if my tally is correct).
So, if there’s a lesson to be learned for next year’s LDS crowd, it’s this: when going for straight-up bribe, don’t do what I did. Specifically, I said I’d give stuff to the people who ranked me first, but I gave no incentive for any other ranking. Thus, if someone didn’t feel inclined to rank me first, it was likely that he/she would rank me 7th.
Either that, or if you’re going to do what I did, campaign madly for Catbert to change the structure of final round, so that people can only choose one person that they feel ought to win (sorta like a presidential election :-P).