Back to the word "connoisseur: For my money,
the word is absolutely perfect, and I hope we can stick with it. It's French and easily found in any dictionary, with the Italian equivalent cognoscenti.
When I read the definition from the Oxford English Dictionary, it seems to perfectly fit persons who are drawn to donationcoder.com: "a person who knows a lot about and enjoys one of the arts, or food, drink, etc. and can judge quality and skill in that subject."
If it seems to be a problem, how about a link to the definition -- and a cute pronunciation guide. See http://www.bartleby....wavs/69/C0576900.wav