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I was wondering why there is not hats available on the mobile version. No hats on avatar, no hats counts, etc ..

Is it because it seems to be an ajax layer over all websites? or the same reason there is no helpful tag counts?

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My guess would be that the amount of effort it would cannot be justified considering it's a short-term feature. –  Shawn Chin Dec 20 '12 at 10:54
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In addition, most mobile users wouldn't want their data cap to be used up by the extra bandwidth needed for this. –  Oded Dec 20 '12 at 11:01

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The mobile site is designed to be lightweight, a lot of features are missing1. The hats are heavy-ish on page load, since they are mainly implemented in JS2.

Users on mobile have good page load times as the goal, not hats.

Also, it would be a pain to code an opt-in mobile version of hats if not that many people would use it.

1. I hate this as well, I used to be an avid user of the mobile site (not so much anymore, due to completely unrelated reasons). But I used to agree with this, and I still do

2. If this was a permanent feature, I guess they would have hard-baked it into the C# serverside code, but this isn't

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If you really want the hats (and are using iOS) just flick up until you can see the bottom of the page and select the full site link that is to the right of "contact us" and you will be able to view all the hat folly you care to see from a mobile Safari.

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