barring a full ride offer from the one school i'm still unsure about (or a major levee breach this summer), I will be joining you all in the fall. hell, i've already moved to NOLA & put the decal on my car. i'd need a hairdryer to remove it. don't own a hairdryer.
might have to crash in a friend's RV 'til student loans get disbursed (September?) in order to make this happen, but after spending some time with the recovery effort, visiting the campus & surrounding area, and encountering so many friendly, intelligent, chill people- both at the school and on this site- i'm totally psyched.
as for using this board to try to manipulate schools, that sounds kind of far fetched. it's easy enough to ask them directly for more money and to tell them what other schools you're considering, what offers are on the table and why you think you deserve more. some say yes, some no. that simple. somhow i don't think admissions directors are finding time to frantically scan prelaw discussion boards, thinking, "oh, man, juris1234 is interested in us and another school ranked 3 places higher in this year's US News report... we'd better track down hir IP address, connect it to an ISP, subpoena them to get a phone number, call it and and offer more money."