Today I found a link to winterba.sh on the top bar. Upon clicking the "I love hats" button, I was offered to wear the L'chaim hat. The hat shows up as an overlay on my profile picture. But when viewing my profile after logging off, the hat is no longer shown. So I assume one's hat is visible only to the same logged in user.

Methinks the hats are ugly anyway, but what's the use of wearing it if others can't see it?

  • If you think the hats are ugly, then you should click the "I hate hats" link. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 0:51
  • I can see mine (and yours) when I'm in incognito mode—did you try refreshing? Something old might still be cached in your browser.
    – waiwai933
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 0:52
  • @0x7fffffff I love hats. But not the one I was given :-) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 0:52
  • @waiwai933 I did try using incognito mode and refreshing. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 0:54
  • If you don't like the hat you have, work on getting one you do like. There are a number to choose from.
    – Kevin
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 0:56
  • Since this is a "core" feature of Winter Bash, retagging to use the general tag, and not for a specific year Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 14:19

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Hats are ONLY visible on Stack Overflow to users who have chosen to opt-in to the promo. Whereas other sites are able to opt-in as a site, Stack Overflow's size and daily traffic made this a non-option.

To compensate: users who choose to "love hats" will see the other users who love hats wearing headgear. Otherwise, anonymous, drive-by, logged-out, and hat-hating users will see no hats anywhere.

  • Where is YOUR hat??? ;) Edit: oh, it's no hat but OK. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 8:02
  • I accidentally clicked on the "i hate hats" button. How do I get the hats back?
    – daaxix
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 23:26
  • @daaxix Click the Winterbash link on the tap bar and click "I love hats" and you should be fine!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 23:27

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