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Getting my hat request in early. I noticed a distinct lack of any royal headgear this year. No crowns, no tiaras, nada. May I suggest a royal hat next year, perhaps this one, sported by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York at the Royal Wedding?

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Since the hat was at first widely ridiculed, became a sensation in its own right, and was then sold at auction for £81k to raise money, perhaps on of the following situations could trigger it?

  • Editing a post with net negative votes resulting in it getting net positive votes?

  • Getting or (highlighting the fact that the hat upstaged the princess on this occasion)?

  • The hat was divisive, some people loved it some people hated it. A post that gats >5 upvotes and >5 downvotes on meta?

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lol! I like it. Although the hats are supposed to have a meaning behind them that is related to how they are earned. What would the connection be here? – Pëkka Jan 1 '14 at 16:55
@Pëkka It's definitely up there in terms of notable contemporary hats. It made £81k in a charity auction after much public ridicule. Maybe some connection to 'making the best out of a bad situation', or 'turning something bad into something good'? – fredley Jan 1 '14 at 16:57
Yeah, maybe something like a reversal badge. Hard to game, too. – Pëkka Jan 1 '14 at 17:00
Nothing wrong with this question, but just FYI, we're collecting ideas over at What should we consider for next year's Winter Bash? – Pops Jan 1 '14 at 17:36
Obligatory picture – ben is uǝq backwards Jan 1 '14 at 17:42
I don't know if I should upvote, because I like the idea, or downvote, because that hat is hurting my eyes... – Yannis Jan 1 '14 at 17:54
We'll never be royals... – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 17:59
@jonsca You can marry up! – fredley Jan 1 '14 at 18:01
I can't even marry down. – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 18:03
I was joking about youtu.be/nlcIKh6sBtc ;) – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 18:05
But we'll never be royals – Cole Johnson Jan 2 '14 at 1:45

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But, you'll probably see it unlocked by using the power that a monarch commands, which is broadly ceremonial. Maybe you'll have to grant a pardon, or give something a stay of execution. Or perhaps you'll have to 'knight' someone by being the vote that causes them to unlock a privilege.

There are many possibilities, but I think it would be a crime against humanity to not include such gaudyness in next year's hard-earned headgear.

Disclaimer: I know very little about monarchs, except that they're born in cocoons.

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Hmmm. Being the vote that causes them to unlock a privilege. Is that what this year's man-of-mystery hat is about? Though it would have to be more specific than that, given how few of this hat have been awarded. – Gilles Jan 2 '14 at 9:53
Giving the vote that unlocks a privilege would be far too easy to game, but receiving a vote that unlocks a privilege would be harder (and would likely increase participation on smaller/newer sites where people have lower rep). – fredley Jan 2 '14 at 10:19
If you do the 'knight' thing, don't forget bounties. – E.P. Jan 21 '14 at 18:16

How about the royal hat goes to the people in the top 10 people of every week during winterbash?


<antiMonarchistRrant>since it's a royalist hat, how about you get it for being the spawn (AKA sock-puppet) of a 10K user</antiMonarchistRant> (Thanks Pëkka)

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But that would mean you actually have to work for the hat. </AntiMonarchistQuip> – Pëkka Jan 1 '14 at 17:16
That was a half-joke, half-shameless plug answer – scrblnrd3 Jan 1 '14 at 17:17
Also, that stallman beard on you is downright scary and amazing – scrblnrd3 Jan 1 '14 at 17:20

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