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In what order are the hats displayed on the right side of the Winter Bash leaderboard?

It obviously isn't random as you can see from the image below, several hats are always placed before/after others. But what exactly is the ordering?

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"It obviously isn't random as you can see from the image below, several hats are always placed before/after others." ...and why can't that be just a coincidence? –  Yannis Dec 20 '12 at 6:38
    
@Yannis It isn't. The head phones are always placed before the black hat for example. Look through the entire leader board ;) –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 6:39
    
Hmm.. I always thought it's the order they were received.. –  Shadow Wizard Dec 20 '12 at 7:22
    
In the screenshot, the position of Cheddarhead and the red cap (Gotta Catch 'em All) is swapped for Manishearth compared to the first 2, so it appears there isn't an fixed order. –  Shawn Chin Dec 20 '12 at 9:19
    
@ShawnChin No, it isn't? –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 16:12
    
@AustinHenley well... you got me wondering.. –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 16:32
    
@PhaDaPhunk I HAVEN'T SLEPT! Not knowing has kept me awake all night. –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 16:33
    
@AustinHenley think I might have something –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 16:48
    
@austin Ooops. Mistook the yellow hard hat as cheese. My bad. –  Shawn Chin Dec 20 '12 at 17:51

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The difficulty of the hats challenge:
The hats are in a difficulty order chosen by the programmers. Rare and hard to get hats (like secret hats) always seem to come up first. And hats of the same categories always come in the order +30, +15, +5. Also it seems that getting upvoted on many questions / answers is harder than getting many upvotes on a single question / answer because they always come up first. And the logic is good. It shows your "best" hats so far.

The difficulty order so far:

  • I Do Say So
  • Brundhilde
  • Witticism
  • Yakety Stacks
  • Bushido
  • Gotta Catch em All
  • Moshi Moshi
  • Yer a Wizard
  • Shiver Me Timbers
  • Spoiler Alert
  • La Margritte
  • Git R Done
  • Jammin Out
  • Soup de Jour
  • Cat on the Hat
  • Constantinopolitan
  • My Dear Watson
  • Cheddar Head
  • Just Jesting
  • Howdy Pardner
  • Copacabana
  • Where is He!?
  • Cake is Not a Lie
  • The Abby
  • Gangnam Style
  • A Need for Speed
  • Guide my sleigh
  • n00b hat
  • I Feel Fine
  • L'chaim
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Check out my updated answer. Since someone said my ordering was incorrect (they could just be mistaken) then it could mean its based on the hats you have unlocked. –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 16:56
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We did give hats a hard/medium/easy ranking internally, which was likely turned into a quantifiable (and thus sortable) metric on the back-end of the design. –  Aarthi Dec 20 '12 at 17:14
    
There you go problem solved –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 17:17
    
Edited for correction on Bushido. –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 19:33
    
@Aarthi Post an "official" answer so I can accept! :) –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 19:33
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@AustinHenley Is there something missing in my answer for it to be accepted ? –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 21 '12 at 20:11

EDIT: Not all of the leader boards have the same ordering. But it is consistent for a particular leader board. There is an order.

Unsure of the reasoning behind the order but here is what I have figured out (may be some out of order near the top but I can't tell based on the leader board at the moment) from left to right on the leader board listing:

  • I Do Say So
  • Brundhilde
  • Witticism
  • Yakety Stacks
  • Bushido
  • Gotta Catch em All
  • Moshi Moshi
  • Yer a Wizard
  • Shiver Me Timbers
  • Spoiler Alert
  • La Margritte
  • Git R Done
  • Jammin Out
  • Soup de Jour
  • Cat on the Hat
  • Constantinopolitan
  • My Dear Watson
  • Cheddar Head
  • Just Jesting
  • Howdy Pardner
  • Copacabana
  • Where is He!?
  • Cake is Not a Lie
  • The Abby
  • Gangnam Style
  • A Need for Speed
  • Guide my sleigh
  • n00b hat
  • I Feel Fine
  • L'chaim
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The order's not like that at all for me. –  irrelephant Dec 20 '12 at 8:22
    
@irrelephant I'd be interested in seeing a screen shot. You are sure you are looking at the MSO leader board? –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 16:26
    
What about bushido ? –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 16:58
    
@PhaDaPhunk It is in my list. But at the time only one person that I could see had this and I know it is above La Margritte. –  Austin Henley Dec 20 '12 at 16:58
    
@AustinHenley He is mistaking. I look at is order and it fits perfectly with this.Except for the fact that you forgot And I Feel Fine which is posting on a specific date. Which is as easy as L'chaim. Which is pretty much the Difficulty order I was talking about. You just made the list tought I should add it –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 17:08
    
I added your list to my answer and added a few mores in the right order. –  ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 20 '12 at 17:11

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