Don't worry I hate the idea too, but that's why it allows to sort. Perhaps I need to change the default sort order. Votes are more of a "nice to have" thing but they are meaninglyess in general. There will always be people who try to cheat the system. It's also hard to prove, I would not want to punish a shard for a false detection of cheating. Ex: Youtube does this all the time by shutting down people's channels for no reason because it "triggered" something. So it's a fine line to walk on.
One thing I have been thinking is to simply graph the votes. People can then draw their own conclusion.
But just want to reassure everyone it is something on the back of my mind, I admittedly don't do much work on this site but it's something I do want to revisit. I just have lot of other projects on the go too such as my own shard, but even that kinda took the back burner.
And yes my shard is actually listed too and no there is zero advantage hard coded or anything.
I have toyed with idea of ad space where someone can advertise their shard on top though, but I'm not sure yet if I want to do that. I don't want to make it look like I'm "selling out".