Winterbash 2014 is on its way. It will run from 15 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Winterbash hat dash, it is a time of festive fun and hats. Each person can earn hats. The criteria for each hat is available at the above site, although some criteria are secret. If you earn a hat you can put it on your avatar (only one at a time). To see the sort of hats which have been available in the past, have a look at last year's site.

As with last year, if you don't want hats you can opt out.

There is also the possibility of the whole site opting out before it starts. Nobody wants that, though, right?

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    I'm going to just casually mention here that usually there is some kind of hat for pre-bash activity, usually in early December, that you won't even know if you've earned until the bash and won't have the opportunity to earn after the bash starts. Often it is connected with voting or posting on a particular day (of course we won't know which day until it is past that date). – Kit Z. Fox Nov 21 '14 at 12:37
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    @KitFox That's just taunting us. – Mitch Nov 22 '14 at 0:19
  • Hats off to Matt for one question, two answers, two opinions. Hey, what's the question? Is it "Right?"? – Kris Nov 22 '14 at 5:42
  • Right, right? Right. – Matt E. Эллен Nov 22 '14 at 10:21
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    I joined in January and I'm keen to find out what all this hat business I'm hearing about everywhere is. :) – starsplusplus Nov 23 '14 at 15:36
  • @Andrew Leach The hats are only visible to those who earned them last year, you have to log on to view. This leaves out the newcomers. – Mari-Lou A Nov 28 '14 at 8:03
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    @Mari-LouA The hats are outline-drawings and described for everyone. If you log in and you won a hat last year, it's there in glorious Technicolor. But even newcomers can see what sort of thing they need to achieve in order to get a hat. – Andrew Leach Nov 28 '14 at 8:07
  • So, are there multiple criteria for each hat, or only a single criterion for each? OP says "the criteria for each hat is available" – Brian Hitchcock Dec 13 '14 at 0:14
  • But what about hats in 2015? – tchrist Dec 16 '14 at 2:45
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    This question appears to be off-topic because winterbash is over. – Matt E. Эллен Jan 5 '15 at 14:03

I want hats. Give them to me! They are my birthright!

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    I liked mine, I took screenshots of my avatar self last year. How sad is that?! – Mari-Lou A Nov 21 '14 at 8:56
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    :D I did too! It was fun – Matt E. Эллен Nov 21 '14 at 9:02

Hats! Let the fun (and general merriment) begin!


I love hats! Yay! Winterbash 2014! Oh... not 'til 15 December?


I came second site-wide last year, failing to obtain just one hat, I believe.



My avatar already has a hat. Tasks which might overlay it carry a disincentive (for me, at least).

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    You can opt out from the hats on an individual level, so they won't affect your avatar and you won't see other people's, but the system would still be active for others and so the affects of the hat dash (a general increase in activity on the site and a bit more general silliness) would still occur. – Matt E. Эллен Nov 21 '14 at 10:40
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    @MattЭллен I think I detected a typical British tongue-in-cheek; stiff upper-lip old chap, droll response. – Mari-Lou A Nov 21 '14 at 11:19
  • You should save yours and wear a variety of hats in the Holidays. (Your avatar can keep its, though!) – Kris Nov 22 '14 at 5:40
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    Hats can have hats. – A E Nov 22 '14 at 8:25
  • My avatar also has a hat! I like wearing hats on my hat. – PLL Dec 3 '14 at 22:46

Hats are a sneaky and VERY FUN way of getting everyone in the "community" to get involved and maybe even do a little extra clean up of old posts, answers and comments. I LOVE HATS! :-)

  • Dang! I think I missed the boat here... – Kristina Lopez Dec 15 '14 at 23:28

I don't care. Hats or no hats, it makes no difference.

You ask me to choose, but I am filled with ennui even at the very mention of chosing about hats.

I could not be motivated to choose for or against even if my life depended on it.

Hat choices are meaningless.

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    prolonged sigh – Mitch Nov 21 '14 at 19:12
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    superlative meh, +0 – Mazura Nov 22 '14 at 10:06
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    Aagh! who spoiled this superb answer by upvoting it? – Tim Lymington Dec 7 '14 at 16:24

What is hats? I am not knowing this.


Hats are stupid. You are stupid. If I see hats I'm quitting.

  • I agree with both of you: which do I upvote? – Tim Lymington Nov 21 '14 at 12:37
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    Upvote the one that is pro-hats. Downvote this one :D – Matt E. Эллен Nov 21 '14 at 12:42
  • Can we add an answer "I don't know! I really care, but I can't decide!" ? – Mitch Nov 21 '14 at 19:14
  • @Mitch If you like :D – Matt E. Эллен Nov 21 '14 at 19:55
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    @MattЭллен: I don't know. I really care, but I can't decide. – Mitch Nov 21 '14 at 20:07
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    So I’m guessing there’s a hat for having three answers in a Meta question: one with a negative score, one with a zero score, and one with a positive score? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 21 '14 at 21:08

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