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If I am logged in, I can see that on the user's profile page, the hat is visible. But if I open the profile URL of the same user after logging out, there is no hat on the gravatar. Shouldn’t it still be visible?

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People can opt in and out of Winter Bash. So showing them only to those who are logged in makes a lot of sense. – Antony Dec 16 '13 at 13:16
    
possible duplicate of Winter bash hats not shown to other users? – Azik Dec 16 '13 at 13:25
    
@Azik While that's somewhat true, I'd leave this open because of slight differences between 2012 and 2013 (this year, it's more than only Stack Overflow). – balpha Dec 16 '13 at 13:29
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This is the case on those sites were you only get hats when you opt in, either by clicking "I love hats", or by simply wearing a hat. These sites are:

  • Stack Overflow
  • Tex
  • Homebrew
  • Quant
  • Mechanics
  • Bitcoin
  • Linguistics
  • Chinese
  • Poker
  • Mathematica
  • Russian
  • Open data
  • Sound

For Stack Overflow, the reason is mainly performance; for the others it's because the sites didn't opt in to showing hats by default. Math Overflow is completely hatless.

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Math nerds don't like hats. :/ – Amal Murali Dec 19 '13 at 8:22

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