I just was thinking that if the purpose of making vote-soliciting against the guidelines is to prevent people from focusing on votes, then it is having the complete opposite effect. Having a hard and fast rule saying you can't say, "Vote up" or "Please vote up" is encouraging people to care way more about votes than they would if that rule was not in place.
People also treat it as if saying, "Vote up" is endangering people's lives and causing global catastrophes. I've seen when one person has "power" over another, they tend to abuse it, and this "vote-soliciting" has provided away for others to be mean to others, especially since they feel 'justified' in what they were doing.
One example of how silly it seems is a person's bio, which said, "I am hated for soliciting votes from those poor, innocent, underage civilians" This made me laugh because it revealed in a rather satirical way that no one is going to really get hurt if you allow saying "Vote up".
For the first year or two of KACS, there was no rules about vote-soliciting, and it certainly wasn't just a complete mess, people figured things out fine. I think adding rules to it caused far more drama about votes than there was when it was gone. I think removing vote-soliciting rules will ultimately have a positive effect and cause much less interest in votes in the first place.