Abby, it's no crime to sign up for a message board to try to get some votes for a contest. It's not like membership on this board is part of some "I just realized I'm a Rush fan checklist." Still, I can see how some types would find that a bit insincere. There is no good excuse for the level of vitriol and bitterness in this thread, but that is on the posters, not you.
My bit of advice is this though: Rush are a great band and it's well and good to geek out on them and hold them as your favorite band. They were once my favorite band too. All the songs memorized. Art in their honor. T-shirts. Shows every tour. Snorted my meth off a starman mirror. Now, I have branched out and explored many different types of music besides rock. Rush are no longer my favorite, but one of my favorites. No need to rank bands, really.
Also, bear in mind that the real reason for this competition is to gain recognition (and hopefully listeners) for the radio station giving it: "Echoes with the sounds of salesmen..." I hope you win, but, if you don't, life will go on. You've already expressed that Rush music has had a posititive impact on your life and that you enjoy the music. That's the most important thing.