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The unicorn hat is still stumping those of us who discuss these things in chat. Has anyone had it awarded yet? And is anyone ready to break the oath of silence that comes with it?

Alternatively, is anyone interested in discussing it and/or making jokes or other jovial observations?

Our chains are getting overgrown, so make sure to focus your efforts on the answers that don't have as many comments. Kthxbai.

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    Make some comments on Meta and we will help you. – Jim Dec 18 '13 at 3:57
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    I see your point. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 5:37
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    @Jim Some comments? I don't see how that will help anything. sulks – Kit Z. Fox Dec 18 '13 at 12:39
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    @Hugo Do you? Do you really? – snailboat Dec 18 '13 at 12:47
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    No. Not really. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 12:48
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    I saw my point yesterday. Your point was nowhere to be seen. – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 13:15
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    I can’t see the point. Do you have to Believe for this to work? Perhaps it’s tied to virginity. – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:18
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    @RegDwigнt I'm still looking for your point. – MetaEd Dec 18 '13 at 14:43
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    I'll show you my point if you show me yours. – Josh Dec 18 '13 at 17:51
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    I don't see the point of a unico.. Oh, now I get it. – Matt E. Эллен Dec 18 '13 at 18:25
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    Too many points! They sticks in my eyes. HELP I'M BLEEDING. – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 18:57
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    But they're sharp. – Mitch Dec 18 '13 at 18:59
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    Have an o, I'd rather have a pint. – SF. Dec 18 '13 at 18:59
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    I'm late on this. – Robusto Dec 19 '13 at 14:02
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    Sometimes I rehash old points over and over until they get pointer or worn down to a nub. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Dec 19 '13 at 14:06

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If this answer gets to 40 upvotes, I will get my "Oh the Horror" hat.

Please help, especially if you're one of those to have received the hat from me on the club question.

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    Another comment. – Ste Dec 18 '13 at 16:49
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    That was blunt. – SF. Dec 18 '13 at 19:01
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    @Ste: I've flagged you comment as offensive. It's offensively awesome! – Mitch Dec 18 '13 at 19:02
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    Which unicorn? :) – aedia λ Dec 18 '13 at 19:31
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    Witch unicorn!! – SF. Dec 18 '13 at 19:33
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    So did it work? – Code Maverick Dec 18 '13 at 19:49
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    You can now see my point! – Ste Dec 18 '13 at 21:04
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    @SF. Witch unikowrn? – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:29
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    Did you get email from the unicorn too? – Monica Cellio Dec 19 '13 at 15:46
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    Email from the unicorn? I want some! – Damkerng T. Dec 19 '13 at 22:34
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    Did it work? I hope so. – tylerharms Dec 20 '13 at 15:37
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    where have all the unicorns gone, long time passing.... – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:09
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    I wish I may, I wish I might, to get a unicorn hat tonight! – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:10
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    Mary had a unicorn, unicorn, unicorn. Mary had a unicorn that she wore as a hat! – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:10
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    Jeremiah was a unicorn, was a good hat of mine, I never understood a single horn he said, but I always poked with mine! – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:12
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This place sure puts the "HAT" in "WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?"

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    Hint: an answer is not the answer to the hat you seek. – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:31
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    Who bit you, J.R.? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Dec 19 '13 at 4:03
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    @cornbread - A shark? It wasn't a dog... – J.R. Dec 19 '13 at 9:23
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    Is that a bite, or a single puncture wound such as a single-horned creature might make? – Niall C. Dec 19 '13 at 15:17
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    @NiallC. - I can't tell what this bloody wound is, but I have the distinct impression I'm supposed to upvote your comment for some reason. – J.R. Dec 19 '13 at 15:20
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    I wonder if "No Comments" counts as a comment. – Anindo Ghosh Dec 21 '13 at 7:04
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    @J.R. I see that magical hat has eluded you? Or am I missing the point? – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 6:08
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    I've clicked answers, questions, shoes and fingers too. I've posted comments, and I've wished, wished, wished till my ears have popped. But still no unicorn in sight. Has it all been a pointless exercise? sigh What thinks you? Click if you agree... – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 6:31
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    Maybe now, you see the point? You should visit FF's post. I was confused but now it is unequivocally clear. – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 7:03
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    I think you've missed two or three points. Please, reply ASAP! – Mari-Lou A Dec 30 '13 at 12:05
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I have been awarded that hat.

One person at meta.se suggested it might be tied to accepted answers in meta. Of course that might be specific to meta.se, rather than j random meta.

There are also suggestions that it's tied to comment activity in meta, either comment upvotes or comment replies.

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    That's not it...? – Kit Z. Fox Dec 17 '13 at 19:55
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    @KitFox It might have something to do with the name: “I see your point”. – Gilles Dec 18 '13 at 0:59
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    @Gilles Well, I thought so, but...I guess I'm thick. I don't get it. – Kit Z. Fox Dec 18 '13 at 1:57
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    I see your point. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 5:37
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    @KitFox The secret is out. – Gilles Dec 18 '13 at 10:02
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    No, no, I still don't get it. – Kit Z. Fox Dec 18 '13 at 12:30
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    I get it! Oh, wait, I forgot that I don't. – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 13:14
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    What, here too? – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:28
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    @KitFox- You should have it now. Right? – Jim Dec 18 '13 at 14:56
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    I want a unicorn hat! – Marthaª Dec 18 '13 at 16:23
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    I guess I have to comment a lot more than that, though, don't I? – Marthaª Dec 18 '13 at 16:25
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    I need to comment a lot too. – Ste Dec 18 '13 at 16:41
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    And one hat more for luck! – Matt E. Эллен Dec 18 '13 at 18:45
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    Unicorns are pointy. – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 18:59
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    @CodeMaverick If I could only whistle! – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:30
12
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It is my true and firm belief that you must believe in unicorns to get this hat. I don't, and as you can clearly see, I have no hat.

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    I believe in unicorns. And I also believe in points. Where is my two hats? – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 13:21
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    @RegDwigнt I think it’s the virginity thing. – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:29
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    Wait, is this one of the Puppetry of the Sockies thing? – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:32
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    No, socketry of the puppies. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 13:35
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    @Hugo Vixen have puppies? Or are they kits? – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:37
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    Hat das Einhorn Erdnüsse essen zum Frühstück? – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:42
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    Credo in unum Unicornem, equum omnipotentem. – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:46
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    Well that's lucky for no hat. – MetaEd Dec 18 '13 at 14:57
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    I don't have this hat yet and I am upset about the fact. – Ste Dec 18 '13 at 16:49
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    I have never seen a conversation with so many upvotes. Even the ones that aren't in English. Something very strange is going on, and I want in on it. I think. :^) – J.R. Dec 18 '13 at 17:37
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    Can I get the hat anyway, because I believe that other people believe in unicorns? – Matt E. Эллен Dec 18 '13 at 18:24
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    My points are broken. – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 19:00
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    @aediaλ I back my faith up regularly, just in case. – snailboat Dec 18 '13 at 19:56
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    Is the unicorn hat invisible and pink? – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Dec 19 '13 at 14:10
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    Pointy hats are awesome... anytime now... – American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 22:53
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Everytime a child says 'I don't believe in fairies' there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

...so by implication...

If you do believe in unicorns, they don't die (they continue to exist).

Thus the power of thought/belief sustains fairies, unicorns, the hypothetical multiverse we (seem to) inhabit, and my hopes for getting one of these legendary hats. Unless I'm too late.

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    I believe in fairies, unicorns, reality, and the idea that to get one of these hats it's necessary for all comments on my answer to be upvoted. I promise to upvote any comments that agree with this perspective. And any that don't. And any that are "non-commital". – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '13 at 3:20
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    I neither agree nor disagree, but do see your point. – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 6:25
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    I’m so confused. What is this? – PLL Dec 23 '13 at 17:20
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    @PLL. If you keep commenting (and upvoting other comments), a most magical hat shall be thine. – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 17:28
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    I should also say that five times two equals ten (if you see my point). – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 18:28
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    Needz moar comments. – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 18:44
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    @FumbleFingers. Since it's the season of goodwill as well as monoceran headgear, I would like to make one final point... – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 19:29
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    @ekhumoro: You'll have to bear in mind that I can be very slow on the uptake, but I can't help noticing that you're somewhat pointedly repeating a certain word. Does that imply I can get one of these hattie thingies just for mentioning that I really like Harry Nillson's "The Point"? – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '13 at 21:14
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    @FumbleFingers. Unlikely, but you never know... As it stands, we're currently short of another participant who can turn one point into two (five times over). – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 21:48
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    I have some of this if anyone is interested. – Jim Dec 23 '13 at 21:53
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    @Jim. You make an excellent point. Thanks. – ekhumoro Dec 23 '13 at 21:56
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    It's never too late to believe! Is it true if I add a comment, close my eyes, click my red shoes together, and wish really hard, I too will receive a unicorn hat? – Mari-Lou A Dec 26 '13 at 6:21
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    @Mari-LouA. Such a hat requires wishing five times harder. – ekhumoro Dec 26 '13 at 20:52
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    Beams I do like hats! :) – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 7:01
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This is my first post on Meta.ELU in a long time, and I've just earned the hat.

This confirms the hypothesis that

this is not about upvotes on posts, but on comments. Experimentally, the comments can be all in one thread,

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    The same thread, you say? – Matt E. Эллен Dec 18 '13 at 18:25
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    I've heard that different threads are allowed. – Mitch Dec 18 '13 at 19:00
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    It's funnier if you get stabbed to death by unicorns in the same thread. – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 19:01
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    What's this I hear about people not believing in unicorns?!? looks around sharply – aedia λ Dec 18 '13 at 19:06
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    @aedia you will have to repeat that point three more times for it to count. And then one more time for me to get it. – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 19:07
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    @RegDwigнt - So 1 + 3 + 1 = 5? – Code Maverick Dec 18 '13 at 20:00
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    @CodeMaverick: well, 2 + 2 = 5 for sufficiently large values of 2, so... – Marthaª Dec 19 '13 at 0:16
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    @CodeMaverick But 1 + 1 = Window. – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:31
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    Unicorns and pointy hats are awesome – American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 22:48
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    One more pointy comment for good measure. Points and Unicorns! – American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 22:55
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    @AmericanLuke It gets old after a while. I shall henceforth only upvote comments that I enjoy sufficiently. Try haikus, or puns, or other witticisms. (Good ones only.) – Gilles Dec 19 '13 at 22:59
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    Points and hats are cool/ So lets all get pointy hats/ And wear them with style – American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 23:01
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    Haiku isn't my thing. :S But, my point is I want a unicorn hat :P instantrimshot.com – American Luke Dec 19 '13 at 23:02
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    There was a young man from Missouri / who asked a fellow from Paris / to help him get a hat / so at his desk he sat / But lacking scansion he was sorry. – Gilles Dec 19 '13 at 23:08
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    @Gilles A "baudy" limerick is presumably one whose scansion can be measured in bits per second. – MetaEd Dec 19 '13 at 23:14
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My theory is that it has to do with getting the Coding Horror hat and some other highfalutin' hat like Bounty Hunter. This guy from Gilles' comment has both of those.

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    I see your point. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 5:36
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    No, I have the “I see your point” but not Bounty Hunter. Michael Hampton had it before he had Coding Horror. – Gilles Dec 18 '13 at 10:00
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    Seems like the unicorn horn would part that hair nicely. – Kit Z. Fox Dec 18 '13 at 12:42
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    I think a point still remains to be seen. – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 13:19
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    This still isn’t pointy. – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:29
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    It's a good theory. – MetaEd Dec 18 '13 at 14:57
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    I would like to have a point. – Ste Dec 18 '13 at 16:39
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    If it impales you, is it still a point? – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 19:00
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    Why did I answer this hat? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Dec 18 '13 at 19:58
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    @cornbreadninja麵包忍者 I see your point – Code Maverick Dec 18 '13 at 19:59
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    What if soy milk is just regular milk introducing itself in Spanish? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Dec 18 '13 at 20:40
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    Yay! But I haven't got a record player... – aedia λ Dec 18 '13 at 22:46
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    @cornbreadninja麵包忍者 Then I'm afraid of my talking milk? – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:33
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    Why am I still awake? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Dec 19 '13 at 4:00
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    Why am I still commenting? – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Dec 19 '13 at 14:11
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I think I read somewhere it's do with rollbacks.

Is that true?

Let's find out!

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    That didn't work. Maybe it needs a comment from someone else, then a rollback. – Hugo Dec 17 '13 at 21:07
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    Maybe it won't work if you roll back your own edit. Wouldn't that be too easy? – J.R. Dec 17 '13 at 21:33
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    OK. I'll roll back and see what happens... – Andrew Leach Dec 17 '13 at 22:38
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    I don't think so: I got it on SO, and I haven't rolled anything back. It's been suggested that this has something to do with comment replies. – Gilles Dec 18 '13 at 0:49
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    I see your point. – Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 5:35
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    An official hint: “Earned ten of the most meaningless points on the 'Net” – Gilles Dec 18 '13 at 10:01
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    I see my point. – RegDwigнt Dec 18 '13 at 13:15
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    How do you define meaning? – tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:28
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    I think it's unrelated to rollbacks. – MetaEd Dec 18 '13 at 14:56
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    I don't think it's anything to do with roll backs – Matt E. Эллен Dec 18 '13 at 18:23
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    Too pointy, I think. – JSBձոգչ Dec 18 '13 at 18:59
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    @CodeMaverick You got my last point! (This is the first time I've ever run out of comment votes, I think.) – snailboat Dec 18 '13 at 20:05
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    @snailboat, there ought to be a hat for running out of comment votes. – Marthaª Dec 19 '13 at 0:11
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    @Marthaª I think that's a brilliant idea for a hat! – WendiKidd Dec 19 '13 at 3:29
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    There's a limit to comment votes? Uh-oh... – Monica Cellio Dec 19 '13 at 16:01
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I think you can figure out the unicorn hat by looking at all the comments on this question, regardless of whether you read them.

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    I didn't read your answer so I didn't understand the ... point of it. – LarsTech Dec 20 '13 at 23:46
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    What is the point, after all? Earn the hat, give it up on January 4th? – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:00
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    Reading comments is a good thing - everyone's point of view is important – Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '13 at 0:07
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    You've really made the point. – Laure Dec 21 '13 at 14:19
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    @Kristina: I'm not convinced "everyone's point of view is important". In fact, I'm going to make a point of not reading this comment (which I'm writing whilst looking away!), on the grounds that I strongly suspect closer examination would simply expose it as being totally pointless. – FumbleFingers Dec 27 '13 at 2:18
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    And I'm responding to your pointless comment by looking away as I type as well. And your "point" was good so I upvoted it. Happy Christmas and New Year FF! :-) – Kristina Lopez Dec 27 '13 at 2:24
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    If I post a comment at different points of the thread, will I get that horny hat? – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 5:47
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    Ahh, maybe I if ask my question pointedly? @KristinaLopez what says you? – Mari-Lou A Dec 27 '13 at 5:55
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    Persistance, enough comments with a coupla upvotes and you'll get the point(y hat). :-). Keep going and I'll help! – Kristina Lopez Dec 27 '13 at 6:45
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I think you can only get the Unicorn hat by getting something posted to boingboing which is so horrible/horrifying that it requires a "unicorn chaser."

  • Why? Is boingboing so awful? I used to read it waaay back in 2003-6 – Mari-Lou A Dec 31 '13 at 9:43
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    @Mari-LouA No-- for a while the mods at boingboing used to follow any story containing bad news (terrorism, government revolutions, Justin Bieber) with a picture of one unicorn or another as a "mind cleanser" :-) – Carl Witthoft Dec 31 '13 at 13:42
  • I see! You learn something new everyday. – Mari-Lou A Jan 2 '14 at 5:01

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