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As the Winter Bash leader on Super User2014 Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo@CRABOLO mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the 2014 Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @CRABOLO mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

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As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)
  • leaving a comment that gets +5

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)
  • leaving a comment that gets +5

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

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As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of a suggested editedits)
  • leaving a comment that gets +5

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed.
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of a suggested edit)
  • leaving a comment that gets +5

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

As the Winter Bash leader on Super User with 32 hats, I have to say that Winter Bash was a lot of fun and I learned a lot during my participation. However, I have a few objections with respect to some of the hats.

  • The Imitation Crab and Red Shirt hats led some users to cast meritless downvotes on several questions. I think Red Shirt can be kept because it stipulates that the post must later be deleted or closed, but Imitation Crab should be removed because it doesn't specify any condition other than five downvotes within a day.
  • 30 Minutes or Less encourages overly broad and opinion-based questions that attract lots of answers very quickly. I was very, very hesitant to even try to get this hat for this very reason, and I think it should be removed. Perhaps the condition should be changed to "post a question or answer which scores at least +5 within 30 minutes of posting"?
  • Fear and Loathing encourages removal of own content. While I took it as a reason to delete my only live downvoted answer, I fear this could encourage users to remove good content and believe it may be a good idea to remove it or change the conditions a bit to avoid this problem. The same holds for Resolution.

What I'd like to see next year are more hats for community moderation and useful participation, such as:

  • raising at least ten helpful flags
  • editing at least ten posts with an improvement in post quality (as determined by the internal post quality score, or by approval of suggested edits)
  • leaving a comment that gets +5

I ultimately want to see Winter Bash participation as a positive credential for users that can be factored into consideration during more serious events such as moderator elections, so I feel it's important for Winter Bash hats to reflect positive participation and involvement in the community.


As @Sompuperoo mentioned, tiered hats would be a great idea as well. In fact, I would extend the idea by introducing a scoring system akin to a video game "achievements" system. More difficult and higher-tier hats would earn more points, and we can base the leaderboards on this score. This would make Winter Bash more competitive and more fun for everyone.

Ultimately, we must not forget that our goals at Stack Exchange are to provide a high-quality Q&A experience and build a knowledge base for readers. Winter Bash must align with these goals.

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