Last year, Security.SE took part in the Winter Bash Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges):

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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.

Here's the run down of last year's:

  • The event ran from 19 December 2012 to 4 January 2013.
  • 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.

We need to let Stack Exchange know by end of November 2013, so vote on one of the two answers below.

  • 4
    But wait! I'm from Australia and we are in the middle of a heatwave and the only hat I'll wear is a cork hat!
    – NULLZ
    Nov 19, 2013 at 1:13
  • Cork hat may be an option...I'll take this as a yes :-)
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Nov 19, 2013 at 14:09
  • 3
    and t-shirts. I want t-shirts!
    – Adi
    Nov 19, 2013 at 20:05
  • 1
    So - the numbers already give me a positive indication. We're opted in now. If you really don't want hats, the I hate hats link hides it all from you.
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Nov 20, 2013 at 9:12

2 Answers 2


Yes! Gimme dem hats! I want all sorts of winter themed nonsense!

  • 5
    How could we not want hats? Hats are the cure for @AviD's shiny pate!
    – Scott Pack
    Nov 19, 2013 at 1:31
  • 1
    "Cure"?? Shiny pates ARE the cure for hats!
    – AviD Mod
    Nov 19, 2013 at 15:16
  • 1
    I bet I would start making sense with one of these hats on!
    – Simon
    Nov 19, 2013 at 18:15
  • @Simon Not very likely.
    – user10211
    Nov 20, 2013 at 13:15
  • Of course we want hats!
    – Xander
    Nov 20, 2013 at 20:41
  • FREE HAT! Never under-estimate the power of a free hat.
    – Domi
    Dec 5, 2013 at 4:26

No - please, not more insanity! I want this site to be all about Security!

  • 9
    Boo. Want moar hats!!
    – Xander
    Nov 20, 2013 at 20:41

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