Is there a reason, or was it merely oversight, that no hat is awarded for getting a gold badge?

There is a hat for getting a silver badge (which I have and like), but there should be an extravagant lollapalooza of a hat or fascinator for getting a gold badge! Which I have just got (for the type of answer that tchrist routinely inveighs against. Oh, the guilt!)

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    I'll make you a deal: you can trade me your gold thingy for any one of the following hats. Your choice: 🎩🎓🧢👒⛑.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 17:04
  • @Dan Bron Thank you. It is a generous offer. However, I cannot permit you, in a moment of weakness, to deviate from your credo that rep points and such-like have no real value. You would hate me, and yourself, tomorrow.
    – ab2
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 17:31
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    Oh, I don't want the gold thingy. I was gonna trash it (it would make tchrist happier, SWR is very nearly a 4 letter word). But I didn't want you to feel the hat was an act of charity. It's an equal exchange of imaginary value, made of bits and fantasies.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 17:33
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    Oh I was also upset about this. I got two damn gold badges right as winter bash started and then... nothing. There was one last year but i didn’t get it till late in the festivities. I really thought this would be the year I’d make everyone jealous of how fashionable I am from the get go.
    – Laurel Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 7:39

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Not at all official, but my vague understanding is that to keep things fresh and interesting, they try not to repeat hat-earning criteria year-to-year; so any activity that was worth a hat last year probably isn't this year. (But it may well be again in another year or three.)

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