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WinterBash 2012 is over, and as such, this behavior may change without notice. Should it change, this Question exists as a historical reference.

I was poking around winterba.sh for secret hats and I figured there may be a secret hat linked to a URL so I decided to look at some different URLs and got plenty of 404s but, some pages throw different 404s than others. Why?

Example: http://winterba.sh/sdfj throws the classic "Page Not Found" winterbash style... but http://winterba.sh/hat just has the text "404"

(http://winterba.sh/secret used to throw just the text "404" but since that has changed)

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Maybe hat is the name of a directory on the server? –  irrelephant Dec 21 '12 at 4:58
true, but what would be in there? all the images and things are hosted at a diffrent domain –  DeadChex Dec 21 '12 at 5:04
@DeadChex That's the secret LOL –  Mr. Alien Dec 21 '12 at 6:13
@irrelephant: Seems more like a sole file then a directory for me. Maybe a joke? –  Time Traveling Bobby Dec 21 '12 at 8:15
I guess something to do with the URL-rewriting, "hat" is probably the name of the ASPX file although I wasn't able to prove that just yet. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 9 '13 at 10:34
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They all just redirect to http://stackexchange.com/promos/12/winter-bash now, however this behavior is still happening with http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com as well!

See http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com/sock-puppetg:

vs. http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com/hat:

I am almost sure the reason is those resulting in plain text 404 are the names of the actual pages on the server.

And indeed, browsing to http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com/hat?id=5 leads to the raw JSON string used by the AJAX call.

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