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I understand it's just for fun, and it's an achievement / reward system. Out of curiosity, did the Stack Exchange staff get the idea after playing Team Fortress 2 (TF2)?

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whatever i love that(hats) ... and its makes me happy –  NullPoiиteя Dec 19 '12 at 4:13
    
Dont you mean Winter Bash inspiration == TF2 hats ;) –  yentup Dec 19 '12 at 4:52
    
Damn it! I was so hoping that inspiration came from Jægerdom of GirlGenius universe... girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Magnificent_Hat girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100521 –  Arioch 'The Dec 19 '12 at 6:51
    
@yentup Good point. Fixed it :D –  Jason Dec 19 '12 at 9:39

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Probably.

The event first happened on Gaming.SE Arqade last year, and the blog post announcing it starts with:

Throughout history, men have worn hats as a way of showing how much better they are than other men. “I buy hats,” a behatted man seems to say. “I am better than you.”

In wartime, hats were a useful way of conferring rank, and ensuring that casualties were confined to the lower classes… During peacetime, hats have been instrumental for men to let the non-hatted know just who is wearing the hat around here.

The Team Fortress 2 Classless Update

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It's at least a somewhat safe assumption. (Hat Dash predates my employment, so I don't actually know for sure.) –  Anna Lear Dec 19 '12 at 4:11
    
Just when I thought I escaped the things, they came back for me! Now if you had a trading system in place for hats... –  A--C Dec 19 '12 at 4:11
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I can confirm this -- when we did this on Gaming in 2011, it was wholly inspired by XBox and TF2. We've got a few TF2 diehards in the company, and the main proponent for hats inside was someone who really loved that game. –  Aarthi Dec 19 '12 at 15:11

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