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Basenotes Orientation Day

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Hopefully this page will help answer all the questions you may have about what has happened to Basenotes. The big issue at the moment is that there are lots of things missing. I'll do my best to communicate with you dates and times when I know them. Some things may take longer to re-appear than others.

For those of you that are unaware, this version of the site is running on the software that we used previous to May 2013. From May 2013 to October 2013, the site was running on proprietary software in partnership with Huddler.

Your User Account

If you were a Basenotes member with an account before 15th May 2013

Members who have been a member of Basenotes before 15th May 2013 will have their account exactly as it was on 15th May. If you've changed your password since then, you will have to log-in with your previous password.

If you cannot remember you password, you can find out more about getting it reset here.

You can change your avatar, email address, password and other element of your password in your settings page.

If you joined Basenotes between 15th May and 1st October 2013.

We have imported your account from Huddler to this site. Because we are unable to transfer passwords from Huddler as they are encrypted, you will need to reset your password, which you can do here.

If you joined Basenotes after 3rd October 2013.

We're very sorry, but we may not have been able to import your account as yet. Have a look in our member directory for your chosen username. If it exists, then we have, and you can gain access to it by reseting your password.

We will endeavour to import the remaining users to Basenotes as soon as we are able. We will post a timelines on this page when we know. If you do not intend to post in the immediate future, you may wish to hold on a bit.

However, if you are itching to make a post about the latest in Aventus batch numbers, feel free to go ahead and register a new account (once we have switched on new registrations). Once we have everything imported we should be able to merge both of them.

Currently Missing Data

It is understandable that some of you are wishing to know when things will return to the site. Because the Huddler software stored the data in a different way to how we used to and there is no documentation about restoring it to the previous schema, it isn't as plain-sailing as we would like.

Non User-Generated Content

99% of the non-user generated content from the site, should already be here. By "Non user-generated content" we mean thing we added to the site, such as fragrances in the database, feature articles and news posts.

User-Generated Content

By user-generated content we mean things our members have created or generated, such as reviews, comments, forum posts, private messages, post counts, itrader feedback, wardrobes etc. These will be uploaded as soon as we are able, but we can't give an exact time-line at the moment.

However, we have most of the forum posts from the last 6 months archived in the Temporary Huddler Archive section, should you need to reference them before they are converted over properly.

(I should note, that when I say 'missing', I mean 'missing from the site', I don't mean 'missing' as in 'lost')

Basenotes Plus

Hello to Basenotes Plus members!

Firstly, thank you for being a Basenotes Plus member. Your support has helped the site stay around and evolve over the years.

Secondly, the Basenotes Plus membership system wasn't always properly working on Huddler, so because of this we are giving anyone who had a Plus Membership during the Huddler period and extra six months of membership.

Thirdly, we have reduced the price of Basenotes Plus membership for new members. As a result, we have extended your existing membership a pro-rata amount so that you have paid the same rate as new members. This is on top of the 6 months extra. (By the way, I've worked all these out manually on a case-by-case basis -- if you don't think it looks like you have enough time added -- you can view when it ends on this page here -- then please let me know. If it looks like you have too much, then maybe keep it to yourself!)

Lastly, because Paypal won't let us extend subscriptions, we have had to cancel all of the Paypal agreements, so when your membership comes to an end it won't autorenew. If you wish to remain a member after your subscription period you can simply sign up again.

If you are not a Basenotes Plus member and want to find out what it's all about, you can have a look here.


We no longer have a mobile web version of the site. However, once we have the data conversion sorted out, this is one of the things we will be giving priority to.

In the meantime, you should be able to access the site on your mobile device using these apps: (Update -- none of these appear to be working for Basenotes at the moment, I'm looking into this now)


We are currently using the default search for vBulletin, which isn't the best thing in the world. If you are looking for fragrances, use the fragrance directory rather than vBulletin search, as that will only index forums, blogs, articles etc


The site may be a bit slow at first as the server is likely to take a hammering, with people requesting passwords. This should stabilise though.

Questions / errors / etc

We know there is lot to do still. But, if you wish to ask a question or report a bug, the best place is in our community centre forum here, or contact us using this form.

Updated 12th November 2013 at 09:38 PM by Grant

Behind the Scenes


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  1. Zgb's Avatar
    Great work
  2. kantofox's Avatar
    I liked the original site.. or at least the one I joined into better than the new 2013 Gui. when I stumbled back on earlier this year I felt lost and a little confused. Am I getting old at 30 ?
  3. jujy54's Avatar
    Just a thank you for all you do, Grant.
  4. markc's Avatar
    No more option to post Scent of the Day to Facebook?
  5. jPhx's Avatar
    Personally, I'm glad to have the old vista of the wardrobe, with fragrance count. It's not slow for me at the moment, but glitzy as the new huddler site was. I preferred the original way - it was easy to see everything in the wardrobe. Nevertheless, Grant and the team have done a good job in keeping Basenotes alive.
  6. DanHD's Avatar
    Not happy. Iphone formatting was better on new and response was quicker in US.

    I don't see any good alternative to basenotes, but I work in IT and can't help but be bewildered by this change. I'm sure it will get better, but I had to vent a little. Hope my profile stuff will get transferred..
  7. maw808's Avatar
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I so appreciate your "back to the future" change! I really found the other site unwieldy and incomprehensible. Even if this new/old site is slower, its content is worth waiting for!
  8. MysteryBuff40's Avatar
    The Luddites won.
  9. B.I.G.'s Avatar
    I don't want to anticipate things, but will the sotd data from huddler be transferred by the end of 2013 ?

  10. PerfumeCollector's Avatar
    Shouldn't you have consulted us about the move back?
    Finally I got comfortable with the new site and BOOOM, back to the old faulty page.
    I spent a lot of time and effort building my wardrobe and now I found that all the changes in my wardrobe since the move have disappeared. Now I don't remember which one I have deleted or which ones I have added.
    All the threads from the forum since the move have disappeared.
    I am disappointed and angry about the move, specially that was done without notice.
  11. HAllen's Avatar
    Will post counts be restored. I was almost at 500, and now I'm at 204. I was really excited to try my hand at some splits this Christmas.
  12. Renato's Avatar
    I've been wondering for a week what this "move back home" business was about. Using my SIM card internet connection didn't show me anything I could relate to, and the little page loading indicator never showed any page completely loaded.

    But now, using my hotel's WiFi in that same phone, I can now see what the move home was about.
  13. lpp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by HAllen
    Will post counts be restored. I was almost at 500, and now I'm at 204. I was really excited to try my hand at some splits this Christmas.
    Please see new thread in the 'Bugs' section which is where site bugs are dealt with.
  14. verycharlie's Avatar
    Thanks for the info Grant, and thank goodness! As an ipad user I had all but given up on Basenotes as the 'new' version was just hopelessly frustrating on ipad and didn't work at all. As a tech/web project manager I really appreciate the immense complex headache this all must have been so thanks for the effort and thanks for bringing us home when it didn't pan out. I'm sure Basenotes will get the upgrade it deserves at some point but until then I am very happy to be back.
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