The Basic Era spans from Basic being useful for website design to being useful for retarded fat Mexican jokes. This description is misleading because it implies Basic at one point unsuitable for retarded fat Mexican jokes, which is completely untrue. In actuality, there is no other really good term to describe the time when Jason and Ahmed weren't co-oping but had not yet started talking about Flalout. Elliott Smith was discovered during this era.
This was a hard time period for both Ahmed and Jason. Ahmed had a gender identity crisis at the time and resolved to get a sex-change, while Jason was even more miserable as an active member of GameFAGs. This is considered the darkest era of their friendship.