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    Default BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    Basenotes March Madness 2010

    Pre-Game Selection Show

    (Ends February 14th)

    48 of the 65 berths for Basenotes March Madness 2010 have been locked in, and 17 remain!

    What's Basenotes March Madness?


    Basenotes March Madness, or BMM, is a perfume lover's take on the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, a 65-team, single elimination tournament where only one team is left standing. Instead of basketballs we have bottles, and instead of two-pointers and free throws we've got your votes to decide who advances and who goes home.

    How does it work?


    Starting March 1st with the Play-In Game, there will be a new BMM10 thread every day with the day's games, in poll form. You choose who you'd like to see move to the next round. Your only criteria for voting is "Which of these 2 fragrances would you most like to see advance?" It could be that you love the fragrance, the sillage, the bottle, or just hate the competition. Usually there will be multiple games to one poll, up to 4 at a time in the early rounds.

    What's the Selection Show?

    I'm doing it a bit differently this year, I learned a lot from last year's event and this one will be even better. We're revealing the first 48 entries tonight, and giving you, the user, the chance to decide not one, not two but eight fragrances to make it into the tournament. You'll do that by suggesting, in this thread, who you'd like to see in the tournament. I'll take eight suggestions at random, along with eight veteran members who I'm asking via Private Message, and I'll make the last pick to round out the field. These seventeen picks will be randomized and fill out the last of the field.

    EDIT: Sorry, may not have been clear, I do need to limit suggestions to one per post, one suggestion per user. Multiple people can suggest the same frag. If there are multiple suggestions in one post only the first one will be considered. You can, however, edit your one suggestion up to the last day, the 14th.

    So who's in?


    I thought you'd never ask. Here's the 2010 brackets so far, click for full size!


    There are already some good matchups set for round one, and a lot of blank spaces that your suggestions can help fill. Suggestions will be taken until February 14th, which will mark the full reveal and the start of the Prediction Contest.

    Prediction Contest? Like we pick the winner?

    Yup, and you fill out the whole bracket before the first game is played. Surreality won the Prediction Contest last year and an_oud_girl took runner up. Once I reveal the full brackets, you'll have until February 28th to send me, by any means necessary, your completed bracket. You can use the image I provide and copy and paste with the image editor of your choice, you can print it and scan in your results, take a picture of your completed form and email it, mail a printed form to me, or send me an easy-to-follow text list. First round games are worth 1 point, second round is worth 2, 3rd round is worth 4, and so on, up to 32 points for correctly predicting the winner. The high score is 121 out of a possible 192 points. I will not be accepting late entries this year! Sorry, but you'll have quite a bit of time to fill out a bracket!

    So what's new this year?

    The methodology for choosing the fragrances has changed for half the field, and it shows, there are a lot of newcomers and I'm sure there will be some "Why isn't X in the tournament?" I say suggest it in this thread. Notably, I'm using Somerville Metro Man's SotY data from last year to determine 16 of the spots, and Grant has provided me with the 16 Most Owned fragrances, along with the final 16 Most Reviewed fragrances. So Most Worn, Most Owned, and Most Reviewed, in that order for priority purposes (to resolve duplicate entries, unless a frag would rank higher in another set of 16). The actual process of what frag goes in what spot on the board is a bit dense but if you're curious I can answer those questions via PM. We're also taking more forum suggestions, 3 more than last year. Last year 5 veteran users each got to make 2 additions to the field, this year it's 9 veteran users each making 1 selection, and the play-in will be fan-selected instead of the borefest it was last year (sorry to those that enjoyed the Light Blue PH versus Secretion Magnifiques matchup).

    Also, all games will be 24 hours this year, instead of the 48 hour games towards the end, I feel like it dragged down the tempo of the thing. 24 hours to decide everything, including the champion!

    Did you forget anything?


    Probably. If I left something out post a message, if not go ahead and enter your suggestion for the 8 forum entries.
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    Yes! I've been waiting for this for a while now. Bluesoul man, thanks for all the hard work, it's really appreciated. I'm gonna give the bracket a look over and then I'll think of some suggestions.
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    Brilliant! So well designed. Great stuff.

    My recommendation:

    Creed Windsor - new, costly, not everyone has sampled it, but it's getting a lot of buzz

    Thank you for the time and thinking you've put into this. Very well done.
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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    Sorry, may not have been clear, I do need to limit suggestions to one per post, one suggestion per user. Multiple people can suggest the same frag. If there are multiple suggestions in one post only the first one will be considered. You can, however, edit your one suggestion up to the last day, the 14th.
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    Thanks for all of the hard work coordinating all of this D. I swear, sometimes I wonder whether you think in algorithms, or if all of this data crunching comes easy to you? Maybe a little of both? Or maybe just a bit too much Kouros?
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    So fantastic. Makes me want to re-read all of last year's BMM.
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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    EDIT: Doh! Misread the instructions...

    My one vote goes to Encre Noire
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    Yay!

    There are absolutely no Carons in the brackets! I nominate... Caron Pour Homme!

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    This is awesome! Oh man, Acqua di Gio takes on Guerlain Heritage in the first round. That's rough.

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    Tobacco Vanille > 1/2 what's listed
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    Wow, things have started with a bang! Looks like great fun again this year--thanks bluesoul

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    How can it be a fair contest without Czech & Speake No.88?
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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    OK, I'll bite. My on suggestion: By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses.
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    My one vote goes to Diptyque Tam Dao

    Although someone really ought to nominate a few of the big feminines... Where's Bal à Versailles? No 5, much as I loathe it? Hell, Nuit Noire for all I care - that one'd *really* stink the place up.
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    My vote goes to one of my favorites and something I think could become a big contender, one of the ultimate masculine roses, Amouage Lyric Man
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    My nomination, though not a personal favorite, I just feel it deserves to be there, is Blenheim Bouquet.
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    Encre Noire has to be a contender.

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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
    My one vote goes to Diptyque Tam Dao

    Although someone really ought to nominate a few of the big feminines... Where's Bal à Versailles? No 5, much as I loathe it? Hell, Nuit Noire for all I care - that one'd *really* stink the place up.
    I debated with exactly that quite a bit, and came down on the reasoning that this is going on in men's discussion, and while I've got no problem in assisting the running of a women's tournament, my belief is that there are enough good competitive men's frags to run the field solely with them. I just don't think I have the time involved to run two separate tournaments, mens and womens.
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    Splendid. As No. 88 was already named, I'll propose Acqua di Parma Colonia, for the honor of traditional cologne and for bella Italia .
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    My proposal, although it will be probably the vote in favor this frag, goes to Armani PH
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    Personally, I think that past winners and runners-up should get to pick a fragrance to be included in the competition. If this were the case I would nominate HdP Ambre 114.
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    Havana would be my vote...

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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    Quote Originally Posted by surreality View Post
    Personally, I think that past winners and runners-up should get to pick a fragrance to be included in the competition. If this were the case I would nominate HdP Ambre 114.
    That's a very good one, but I fear that not enough people would know about it. You know what would be cool, if we somehow managed to get together small samples of every scent, and sent them to those that wanted to vote but hadn't sampled the scents in question.
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    Default Re: BMM10 Selection Show! Will your selections make the big dance?

    I've got seven of the eight user selections PMs received, not counting my selection.

    In no particular order, count on these seven also being in the brackets:

    CdG Avignon
    Old Spice
    Dior Eau Noire
    Chanel Coromandel
    Knize Ten
    Diptyque Eau Lente
    SL Ambre Sultan

    ...along with the 8 frags to be determined via this thread.

    Keep going! Plenty of time to make suggestions still.
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    Up with ye!
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    Thanks to bluesoul and to all others helping put this together! Sounds like fun!
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    This is awesome. I love March Madness and its good to see Kouros with a number 1 seed.
    My vote goes to Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men for its rise from the ashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azsmells View Post
    This is awesome. I love March Madness and its good to see Kouros with a number 1 seed.
    My vote goes to Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men for its rise from the ashes.
    Thanks for the Giorgio shoutout!

    I have been following this thread to see if someone else would recommend C&S No.88 so that I could change my vote to Giorgio for Men. Thanks to you, I don't have to do that!
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    This will be a lot of fun!

    I'll go with Encre Noire

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    One thing that would be nice is if the tournament was modified in a way that reduces (but doesn't eliminate!) the importance of popularity of a scent, as often people simply vote for the frag they've tried - assuming they've only tried one of the two - if they even marginally like it.

    After musing, admittedly only briefly, I'm imagining a system wherein say, for each 'round' of voting you are given (just as an example, all numbers are just placeholder suggestions) 10 points per match, so if there are 10 voting matches in that 'round' you get a total of 100 points. Then, instead of the way the system is now where each vote is effectively worth one point, you could assign more or less points to each frag you are voting for, perhaps with some maximum upper limit assignable to a single fragrance.

    As an example, imagine the following:

    Round 1
    32 matchups
    You have 320 points (32 matchups x 10 points each)
    You can assign, at most, 40 of your points to a single fragrance
    You may decide not to spend any points on a given matchup
    If you do decide to vote on a match, you can assign, at minimum, 5 of your points to a single fragrance

    You may have points left over at the end of a round, but cannot exceed the rounds maximum point value (320, in this example round).

    So you might do the following, given the initial matchups listed in the tournament chart

    Guerlain Vetiver - 20
    Platinum Egoiste - 0

    Mugler Cologne - 0
    Green Irish Tweed - 40 (we'll imagine you're a huge GIT fan )

    Allure Homme - 5 (you don't care much about this match but do prefer Allure)
    Armani Code - 0


    etc etc, until all your points are spent (or not, if you have points left over after voting for all those that you care about) for that round.

    This effectively lets you cast a "weighted vote" for those you really care about, with the maximum weighting being determined by the maximum and minimum numbers chosen. Here, you are given 10 points per match and can spend, at minimum, 5 if you so choose (you don't need to vote on every match). So, ultimately, a 'full vote' of 40 points is 8 times stronger than the minimum vote (a 'half vote', given that you are only spending 5 of the 10 points you get per match), and 4 times stronger than a 'standard' vote of 10 points.

    Of course, as mentioned, the numbers here are completely arbitrary (although I do think the maximum vote should be at least 4 times more than the minimum vote), but this would allow people that feel strongly about fragrances to weight their votes accordingly.

    To tally this, instead of a single thread for each matchup, we could use one thread per round of voting. This would make it much easier to calculate totals and make sure that people are not spending more points than they have. Each person wishing to vote in the round would make ONE post, listing all of the matchups (a template could be provided so that everyone doesn't have to type it out themselves) and the points they wish to attribute to each, kind of like I did above with the fictional matchups.

    To avoid people changing their numbers as the day goes on (perhaps to save a favorite) a rule could be made that any post that has been edited whatsoever will not be counted, and will exempt that user from voting in that round (ie: make sure you've got your numbers where you want them before you hit post!).


    Thoughts, suggestions, comments or criticisms would be welcome.
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