I enjoy the Winter Bash and want to encourage our community to participate. But please participate sanely.

  1. Please stop flagging a bajillion comments. I like comment clean-up as much as the next mod, but the hat is specifically for your own comments. You can delete those yourself, please and thank you.

  2. There is a secret hat for posting a bug on Meta (plus some other conditions). Do not post a fake bug on Meta to get this hat. If you want this hat (and I really do), find a real bug to report.

Thank you.

  • What? There's a hat for flagging? That seems like promoting tattlers. Uncool man.
    – Mitch
    Dec 19, 2015 at 18:32
  • @Mitch No, but there's a hat for deleting a load of your own comments, and that often makes people flag others' comments as obsolete. (There are badges for helpful flags though.) Dec 24, 2015 at 10:29
  • @randal oh. Nevermind.
    – Mitch
    Dec 24, 2015 at 14:24

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but wait a minute. Someone posted a Meta question in an attempt to earn a hat!

Well, self, that's true, but that Meta post contains all that is needed for everyone else in the community to earn the same hat. The hat for posting a bug only goes to the one who posted the question. Plus, it dilutes the legitimate use of the bug tag. So please don't do it for kicks, even if you think Grace Hopper is the bee's knees.


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