For those new to the site. StackExchange has a little winter themed event in December for sites to participate in called Winter Bash (2014 link).

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Basically, users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (similar to badges).

Certain actions would trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar could then "wear". For example, editing a post would yield an editor-themed hat (fedora with pen) to the editor.

From previous years:

  • Users had their entire hat collection on http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com.
  • Individual users who didn’t want to participate, didn’t want to see hats, and/or are generally anti-hat had an "I hate hats" option available..
  • The only visual change to the site itself was the presence of the hats and the "I hate hats" button in the footer.
  • If we choose to accept, the event will run from 15 December 2014 to 4 January 2015. After the time period, all the hats go away into Last Year's Hat Bin.
  • We need to decide if we want hats by December 1

This is totally optional so do we want them?

For those who don't want to participate, there will be an option in the site footer to disable these.


I submitted a reply, we will have hats.

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    $\begingroup$ sure, hats wold be great! as long as I get one that shoots blue lasers. and can melt through other people's reputation $\endgroup$ – X-27 is done with the network Nov 21 '14 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds great to me! $\endgroup$ – PGmath Nov 21 '14 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Let's do it! As long as people can disable it, I don't see why not! $\endgroup$ – VRM Nov 21 '14 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ One question, will we be able to see what hats are available and how to get them when the event starts? $\endgroup$ – VRM Dec 12 '14 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ @NoviceInDisguise yep. There are also mystery hats that you might need a certain activity, login date etc to unlock. FUn stuff, you will see in a few days. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Dec 12 '14 at 20:59

To elaborate on GiantCowFilms's answer, I see no down side to running the event. It is stressed that there is a opt out button, so this is just for blender.se addicts to have a little more fun.

Lets have a great winter / Christmas / New year season, and collect lots of hats.

  • $\begingroup$ I totally agree! $\endgroup$ – VRM Nov 21 '14 at 19:03

Yes, I Want Hats!!!!!!! Please please please... :)


I think that this activity would help promote active participation by all members. Since people can disable the display and participation in the event, I do not see any issue with continuing. Judging from the overwhelmingly positive response from multiple members, I would strongly recommend hosting the event.


I want one like this, and I want it NOW:
(And that person, by the way, is the Swedish king being the victim of somebody's creativity).


Am not especially a fan of hats, a few times I've noticed people attempting to game the system - eg: https://blender.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/563/why-do-my-posts-never-get-downvoted (yes, I know SE is about gamification to some extent... but this can get in the way)

Its fine to have, just don't really take much interest in them and if users are messing around with answers to get hats rather than help people (too much), I would rather not have them.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree but the site is run by the community and as an optional SE event, the majority opted for it. It's just for a couple weeks and on the plus side, there are more avid users about the site and spammy content quickly gets flagged. I'm on the lookout for such content and I and some users with the privilege have already deleted several posts that weren't deemed useful. Warnings issued as well. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Dec 17 '14 at 8:54

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