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What happens if I click

the "I hate hats" link in my winter bash.

The mouse pointer tool tip showing opt out of winter bash.

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closed as too localized by Manishearth, Toon Krijthe, Bo Persson, animuson, BinaryMisfit Jan 3 '13 at 6:34

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Winter Bash == Hats. So clicking it makes hats go away. What's confusing about it? – animuson Jan 2 '13 at 20:38
You won't get punished. – juergen d Jan 2 '13 at 20:42
You'll be punished by being deprived of hats. – Shog9 Jan 2 '13 at 20:44
"opt out of winter bash" is pretty clear. – Austin Henley Jan 2 '13 at 20:46
No reason for arrogance. This is a perfectly valid question, at least what concerns the 'I hate hats' part. Opt out should be pretty clear but it wouldn't surprise me if people in non English speaking countries never heard of it. – viktorb Jan 2 '13 at 20:58
They log your IP address, triangulate your position and dispatch a crack squad of snipers. – Asad Saeeduddin Jan 2 '13 at 21:05
@viktorb: SE is an english-speaking site, so we do expect the users to understand English to a certain level. That being said, we do help those who don't understand it -- the comments above aren't arrogant, they may not have realized that the OP has trouble with the word "opt out". That's all. Also, a simple Google search can tell you what "opt out" means. – Manishearth Jan 2 '13 at 21:06
@Manishearth yes a simple google search would have sufficed. The 'I hate hats' part on the other hand is likely to raise questions, although most users probably assume it's just for fun. – viktorb Jan 2 '13 at 21:25
@viktorb I still don't think it is a valid question. The FAQ is clear. – Austin Henley Jan 2 '13 at 21:39
They also could have named it "I hate fun!". – Felix Jan 2 '13 at 22:05
This is SO not TF2 $#%&!! – this Dec 16 '13 at 14:41
I'm English and Canadian (as if that were relevant) and i hate the stupid, confusing, waste-of-time-and-space that is "winter bash/hats"! – Martin F Dec 24 '13 at 20:23
Why is this Q "closed as too localized"? Isn't the whole "winter bash/hats" thing the phenomenon that is "too localized" and "off topic"? – Martin F Dec 24 '13 at 20:25
up vote 5 down vote accepted

From the Winter Bash FAQ:

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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Note that once you opt-out you still have the option to opt back in (just click on the winter bash link again). – NullUserException อ_อ Jan 2 '13 at 21:35

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