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Visiting redirects to the 2012 Winter Bash.

This domain should be reused, and should redirect to the current year's Winter Bash.

Why did I think this would happen? The use of this domain was announced in the original email to moderators, which read in relevant part:

This event will run from 16 December 2013 to 3 January 2014. Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on That site will also have a landing page, explaining the rules and other details of the event.

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Did they mention on any notices for Winterborsch 2013? – random Dec 16 '13 at 22:49
@random Winterborsch? Is this some new "special" hat you speak of? – hichris123 Dec 16 '13 at 22:50
It is borshch, please. Better still, борщ. Can't you see Anna is reading this? – ЯegDwight Dec 16 '13 at 22:53
@ЯegDwight Thanks, I appreciate it. Although now I'm hungry for some борщ. – Adam Lear Dec 16 '13 at 22:53
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The email went out to moderators before we decided to use the current URL. This was decided because it would be a huge technical pain to reuse after redirecting it to, and it is not a precedent we wanted to set.

In short: will continue to redirect to promos, and all links that are purporting to be about this year's promo should be changed to the current URL.

But since this mixup is our fault, that's what I'll be spending my morning on tomorrow. :)

Update: I have gone through and changed all the links in child metas that come up in Ilmari's Google search. If you stumble across more and can't edit them, ping me here and I will fix them.

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More technically, it's a 301 (permanent) redirect, which means browsers cache it forever. There's no way to fix that without a bunch of people getting to the wrong place. – David Fullerton Dec 16 '13 at 23:52
@DavidFullerton In theory that's true. In practice, well, browser caches are not infinite. – Michael Hampton Dec 17 '13 at 1:34
Found one more. Er, two more. – Ilmari Karonen Dec 24 '13 at 16:37
@Ilmari Done and done. – hairboat Dec 24 '13 at 16:41
That was fast. :) While you're at it, you might want to fix the comment on the second one too. – Ilmari Karonen Dec 24 '13 at 16:43
@Ilmari And done! – hairboat Dec 24 '13 at 16:43
Here's a few more just to make your Christmas Eve even more fun. ;) (Now with 90% less false positives! And wow, figuring out how to properly link to that search was seriously non-trivial.) (Edit: Oops, also with 90% less real positives, I see. Here's the original link again.) – Ilmari Karonen Dec 24 '13 at 17:00
Pretty sure I got 'em all before you de-last-year'd the search query. Let me know if you find any others. – hairboat Dec 24 '13 at 17:03 was the site for Winter Bash 2012. We opted not to bring it back for this year and instead to leave it pointing at the original event's archive.

None of the posts announcing this year's event used that URL (and if they did - that is a bug :)), so it's best if we just let it rest in peace at this point.

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cough Apparently you people used it in the first email.… – hichris123 Dec 16 '13 at 22:55
@hichris123 Those responsible will be sacked. – Adam Lear Dec 16 '13 at 22:56
Yep, I went back through my old emails; it was definitely used in the announcement to moderators. – Michael Hampton Dec 16 '13 at 22:57
@MichaelHampton: Yeah, looks like we might have a problem here. – Ilmari Karonen Dec 16 '13 at 23:06

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