On rule 6: Yes, I think that sounds like the best idea. I get irritated when people post download links in their threads as it is, so I see no reason why they should be eligible for this competition. So yes, I'd like to see that rule 'set in stone', as it were.
And now I feel like a horrible, horrible person because I've not read enough fics to nominate things properly. I'm going to say Rebirth of Sinnoh - Volkner's Tale by Ian Donyer, though, because I did like what I read of that.
totally should have stayed just me and Jax. Best clique-y popularity contest ever lmao