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Winter Bash hats delay

I think I qualify for some hats which have not yet been rewarded. Are hats supposed to come instantaneously upon qualification, or is there a certain time when your hats are re-evaluated?

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marked as duplicate by Lix, Lance Roberts, animuson, Bo Persson, gnat Dec 19 '12 at 18:42

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Duplicate? meta.stackexchange.com/q/159136/169404 –  Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 17:48
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@aus - Definitely. Also here. –  Lix Dec 19 '12 at 17:51
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@Lix Yep, I already included that link in my answer :p –  Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 17:53

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Most hats are awarded instantaneously. Check every 5-30 minutes, as some scripts run less frequently than others. In my experience, the meta-to-main hats are on the longest delay.

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Take a look here and here.

Robert Harvey said 5 to 10 minutes per hat for him. I have noticed that it sometimes takes 30 minutes for me but that may be caching.

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The hat script (close relative to the badge script), is not instantaneous as you have noticed. It takes 5-10 minute to show up. By the time you are finished reading this you'll probably already have your new head-gear*.

* head-gear does not necessarily have to go on your head

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