The other member of my act recently got into turntablism, rekindling my interest as well. I started on normal xfader settings when I had my first setup, but soon switched to hamster (reverse xfader), as it was somehow much faster and more natural for me. Zach, my protege and the other half of my act, likes normal xfader settings. We did some research (that is, we watched a lot of Youtube videos), and noticed that just about every big name except Q-Bert uses normal crossfader settings. (We also noticed that MixMaster Mike seems to use both settings!)
What does everyone else use, and why? Not going for a debate of this vs that; just curious as to what the ratio is among DJF members, and why one or the other works for you.