Is there a delay before getting your Winter Bash hats once you meet the requirements to get them?

I accepted by clicking I Love Hats and logged in. Meanwhile, I meet the requirements for some hats, but I can't see them anywhere. (They are still grayed out in the Winter Bash page.)

It obviously started, because I can see users collecting them already (not just the December 16th 2012 one).

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Let's take this present post as an example. It was posted 45 minutes ago, and I got an upvote. I meet the requirements for the Constantipolitan Hat. But I still don't have it. I should have earned a few other hats before posting this question, and I don't have them either.

Is it just a delay or a real problem?

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    +1, Even I think there is a delay in getting the hats. Even though I got a few hats already(a few related to review), I have also met the requirements for some other hats but I haven't yet got any hats for them.
    – iDev
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:10
  • @ACB did you get your other hats ? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:41
  • No, nothing after getting those.
    – iDev
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:46
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    I'm having the opposite problem. I just got a "Tis the season" hat, which is supposed to be for commenting or voting on Dec 25. It's currently about Dec 24 18:20 UTC. I think I noticed a similar thing for the "I feel fine" hat. What timezone is being used to decide the day that activity occurs?
    – Barmar
    Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 19:22

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Well, hats are badges you can wear, so I guess they behave like badges. In that, I mean that each hat, in the back end, has a serverside script which runs periodically, just like badges. The heavier scripts probably are run less often. Some badges take a day to award--I don't think that will be the case here, but it's similar.


So I think you're a little confused because of the L'Chaim hat.

The L'Chaim hat is the only hat being awarded retroactively. We wanted a way to celebrate Hannukah, but we couldn't fit this event inside the actual Channukah dates. So, we opted to retroactively award hats in this instance alone.

All other hats must be earned by actions performed between 00:00 UTC 19 December 2012 and 23:59 UTC 4 January 2013. Happy hat-hunting!

  • I get your point. Although check my question, I added a picture. How could the other badges be awarded Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:07
  • For the upvote-type ones, do they have to reach, say, 10 upvotes during the period or would a post that was already at +9 that gets another upvote still qualify?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:07
  • oh UTC. my bad it's 1 a.m I think. so I guess I have a delay for my upcoming hats.. ? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:08
  • @animuson It should be that these are awarded for posts that were made after 19 December 2012 00:00 UTC
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:09
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    @PhaDaPhunk Nope, shouldn't be much of a delay. Though it could be cacheing. It's always cacheing.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:09
  • Probably. You see, I just posted on meta (which is a hat too) and got an upvote so I meet the requirements 15 min ago. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:11
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    Ah ha. Give it another 15 minutes or so; if you still don't have a hat, then there might be an error.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:12
  • @Aarthi I guess I should have it by now no ? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:42
  • @PhaDaPhunk Well, MSO doesn't have a meta, so no one can get any of the "meta" hats on this site. :( You could get it on SO, though!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:51
  • @Aarthi .. I'm on the SO meta right ? SO do have a meta and i'm on it. Therefor, I posted on the meta. Anyway that's not the point I still didn't get any on SO either. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:53
  • @Aarthi I just got one. (on meta tough) I guess there is only a big delay Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:55
  • @Aarthi: well, it's been days for me now since I earned my first hat, and my avatar is still not showing any... On any of the sites (stackoverflow, ux, programmers). Disappointed. Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 14:01
  • @MarjanVenema That is super weird! Are you blocking scripts? Are you logged into winterba.sh? Are you running a proxy?
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 5:19
  • @Aarthi: no, yes, no. Using Google Chrome, even checked with my pet hate IE. Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 10:16
  • @MarjanVenema I think you need to make a new meta post about this -- sounds like you need some focused support for this issue!
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 16:50

You only get hats that you earn after the Winter Bash started.

  • I get that but it's started now right ? I see hats on a few profiles. There is even a leaderboard. And I accomplished some actions meanwhile that should have been giving me a hat AFTER in clicked on the I love hats button to get started. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:00
  • I think most of the hats one the leaderboard are from the one retroactive hat, L'chaim. Try just giving it some time to award the hats you earned. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:03
  • You can look at the picture I added in my question. There are many hats. Though I think you're right with the delay i'll have to wait. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:09

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