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Today I found a link to on the top bar. Upon clicking the "I love hats" button, I was offered to wear the L'chaim hat. The hat shows up as an overlay on my profile picture. But when viewing my profile after logging off, the hat is no longer shown. So I assume one's hat is visible only to the same logged in user.

Methinks the hats are ugly anyway, but what's the use of wearing it if others can't see it?

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If you think the hats are ugly, then you should click the "I hate hats" link. – Mick MacCallum Dec 19 '12 at 0:51
I can see mine (and yours) when I'm in incognito mode—did you try refreshing? Something old might still be cached in your browser. – waiwai933 Dec 19 '12 at 0:52
@0x7fffffff I love hats. But not the one I was given :-) – Dheeraj V.S. Dec 19 '12 at 0:52
@waiwai933 I did try using incognito mode and refreshing. – Dheeraj V.S. Dec 19 '12 at 0:54
If you don't like the hat you have, work on getting one you do like. There are a number to choose from. – Kevin Dec 19 '12 at 0:56
Since this is a "core" feature of Winter Bash, retagging to use the general tag, and not for a specific year – Shadow Wizard Dec 14 '15 at 14:19
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Hats are ONLY visible on Stack Overflow to users who have chosen to opt-in to the promo. Whereas other sites are able to opt-in as a site, Stack Overflow's size and daily traffic made this a non-option.

To compensate: users who choose to "love hats" will see the other users who love hats wearing headgear. Otherwise, anonymous, drive-by, logged-out, and hat-hating users will see no hats anywhere.

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Where is YOUR hat??? ;) Edit: oh, it's no hat but OK. :) – Shadow Wizard Dec 19 '12 at 8:02
I accidentally clicked on the "i hate hats" button. How do I get the hats back? – daaxix Jan 4 '13 at 23:26
@daaxix Click the Winterbash link on the tap bar and click "I love hats" and you should be fine! – Aarthi Jan 4 '13 at 23:27

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