What type of EAC settings you are talking about ? and since a rip is a perfec flac 100% log, how could that matter ? it's a loseless rip anyway.Hmm. xbt aka P**** used to be very hard to get into. Only uploaders had invites and they tended to only invite fellow uploaders. (So you had to be at least a Power User at what.cd, show them a pic of your music collection and show a sample of your scanned artwork). Now they give out invites to regular members periodically, so it's easier to get into, so you don't have to be a music uploader to get in. So does that make them less "1337?" As far as being "elitist," some of the members there are big-time "FLAC snobs." They will demand nothing but perfection from a music encode, including perfect tagging, and their idea of perfect EAC settings.
I understand the Tagging , artwork difference of course.