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In my interpretation it will encourage posting noise questions here. Is there some legitimate reason for putting this hat in Winter Bash?

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The irony... the irony... –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:18
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...what are any of the hats good for? –  McCannot Dec 19 '12 at 16:18
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Fancy graphics :) –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:18
    
Oops, wrong tab. :-P I did not vote to close, no sir.. –  Martijn Pieters Dec 19 '12 at 16:18
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I really wish they hadn't made that hat. It's just making meta fill up with spam and hat related questions... –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 16:20
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Ain't dupe, you dope, I'm just asking about Constantinopolitan. :) –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:20
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@Servy: As opposed to spam and questions related to not-hats? –  McCannot Dec 19 '12 at 16:21
    
@McCannot As opposed to interesting questions about what the standard guidelines should be for various situations; what should be encouraged or not encouraged, etc. Adding all of this spam decreases the signal to noise ratio; it makes the interesting stuff harder to find –  Servy Dec 19 '12 at 16:23
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@Servy I had some hat related questions, but found the answers in the three questions there were by then. It seems to have exploded recently, however. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:25
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@Servy: I've got it! They just need to add a hat for deleting your own post on meta, and the problem will solve itself. –  McCannot Dec 19 '12 at 16:32
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@Brendan Funny thing is, nobody get that hat's name right. It's actually "Constantipolitan". On the other question, they called it "Cosmopolitan", lol! As for the name: no ideal why they gave a pseudo-turkish name to a moroccan hat. Maybe it's just to confuse us. –  bfavaretto Dec 19 '12 at 16:36
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@Brendan: I think I know where that experiment will lead. If there were a hat for "getting your account deleted" then SO would be a ghost town within a week. –  McCannot Dec 19 '12 at 16:41
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I assume an answer (also a "post") would earn that hat too. –  Monica Cellio Dec 19 '12 at 16:42
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@McCannot Yeah...that might be pushing it. Perhaps a Strong Bad mask? "BA-leted!" –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 17:25
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@dbaseman: Correction: a ridiculous person with hats. Makes all the difference. –  McCannot Dec 19 '12 at 20:21
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up vote 15 down vote accepted

It's just for fun, really, but in fact we do want to encourage more users to visit their meta, because so few do, and you can find out a lot about the culture of your site in its meta.

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This^. And yes, most "post" promotions require upvotes to prevent noise, but that's trickier on Meta, where downvotes often represent disagreement (whether that should be the case is another story). –  Jaydles Dec 19 '12 at 16:22
    
@Jaydles <confused>Did you mean to post that under the question? –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:27
    
no. I'm just augmenting your essentially correct answer. –  Jaydles Dec 19 '12 at 16:30
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@Jaydles Makes more sense now.</confused> –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:32
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@AndrewC: Impeccable use of XML. I provide you One Meta Upvote, redeemable when I'm not vote capped :P –  Manishearth Dec 19 '12 at 16:43
    
@Manishearth Thanks. This is my most upvoted meta post yet, and it took me past 1000 rep. Here's hoping I get rep capped for more exciting hats! –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:47
    
@AndrewC: 12 votes is your most upvoted meta post? 12? Your meta-life is sad. Out of pity, I grant you two more Meta Upvotes. Also, since your comment upvote above led me to getting my 15th hat (which triggered my 16th hat--earned when you get 15 hats), I grant you a yet-to-be determined amount of meta votes and waffle votes. –  Manishearth Dec 19 '12 at 16:54
    
Superbly generous of you, @Manishearth. I do like waffles. I remember first having waffles at my auntie's house. They didn't look like much, but so deliciously waffly. Mmmmmmm. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 17:01
    
@AndrewC: Btw, since you seem relatively new, context for the waffles in-joke. And yes, waffles are good! Full of waffly waffleness! –  Manishearth Dec 19 '12 at 17:04
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Because fezzes are cool!

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Bow ties are cool. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:20
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Bow tie is cooler than the Fez! –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:29
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Stetsons are cool too! –  Keen Dec 19 '12 at 16:45
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Fezzes are cool –  Jin Dec 19 '12 at 16:46
    
@Jin yes, yes they are ^_^ –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 16:47
    
Correct Spelling is cool too. –  Protector one Dec 20 '12 at 20:38
    
@Protectorone what is wrong with my spelling? –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 20 '12 at 20:38
    
@amana invlalid? (You can blame The Cheezburger if you want, but you're still the one reposting it.) –  Protector one Dec 20 '12 at 20:40
    
@Protectorone lol I ddnt notice that –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 20 '12 at 20:40
    
@amana While we're all being Meta—first hit for Googling "invlalid" is a StackOverflow question… –  Protector one Dec 20 '12 at 20:42
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Clearly it's to encourage this sort of thing:

OMGPONIES

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That is not a fez! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 16:30
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Unicorn with rainbow. How cute. –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:32
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@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Fixed! –  TCPMAN.EXE Dec 19 '12 at 16:38
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@Scrooginator ahhhh much better! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 16:38
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Can I keep a hat? Because last time I was told that... But this, this, it, it, it's a little hat...

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I was under the impression that Winter Bash is more for fun than anything.

But what do I know, I'm only answering to get the hat :) (answers count, right?)

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I only asked to get the hat :) So this is fun of course :) –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:19
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There's also a hat for comments! –  TCPMAN.EXE Dec 19 '12 at 16:23
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Mmm, interesting point! –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:27
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@Scrooginator Five comments, right? –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:29
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@Scrooginator I thought you just needed to make 5 comments, but they have to be upvoted to count. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:29
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@Brendan Yes, but upvoted ones. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:29
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Comments upvoted? An injustice! –  TCPMAN.EXE Dec 19 '12 at 16:31
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Wait they have to be upvoted? I missed that memo... –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:31
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@Scrooginator It's not that much of an injustice; it's just to prevent people from spamming the system with pointless comments just to get the hat. Comments have to be good, helpful, clear and contribute to the discussion. We can't have arbitrary nonsense counting for a hat. –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:33
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I got the comment hat without upvoted comments I think. –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:34
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@AndrewC particularly not a hat as prestigious as "Howdy Pardner". –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:35
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@AdamArold I'm not sure you did: lowdown on the hat –  AndrewC Dec 19 '12 at 16:42
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@AdamArold If you got it you must have made a bunch of great comments without even realizing it! –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:53
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I'm such a cosmopolitan guy then :D –  Adam Arold Dec 19 '12 at 16:54
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@AdamArold Looks like the hat's gone to your head... –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:56
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My guess would be that it's an attempt at keeping the low-value hat-related posts restricted to meta where they're relatively harmless instead of ending up elsewhere and diluting the value of the Q&A sites.

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Well-excecuted, then! –  Brendan Dec 19 '12 at 16:30
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As the Winterbash FAQ says, this is just for fun. This hat in particular I guess is to get some traffic to the Meta sites. But in case you don't like them:

I hate hats! How do I get rid of them?

At the bottom of every page, there is a button labeled, "I Hate Hats!" This will turn off all hat-related events on all sites for you. You won't see people wearing hats, you won't be alerted when you earn a hat, and you won't be seen wearing a hat by any other users.

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Fun? On Meta? You know we hate fun, right? ;) –  Bart Dec 19 '12 at 16:22
    
But you will see a lot of hat-related or hat-inspired posts on meta –  Kate Gregory Dec 19 '12 at 16:33
    
@KateGregory Meta meta meta meta... Meta. –  Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 16:34
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