I would like to know what winter hats are all about.

Do they add any reputation or badges later?

I'm excited about these winter hats.

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    Read the FAQ
    – shea
    Dec 19, 2012 at 4:53
  • Also check out Welcome to Winter Bash 2012! on the company blog. :)
    – Aarthi
    Dec 19, 2012 at 15:08
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    Why the down-votes? I've seen too much discussion on winter hats, and the answer below is the first explanation i've seen. BTW, i think they're a stupid idea!
    – Martin F
    Dec 24, 2013 at 20:17
  • These winterba.sh links are now dead ends. Dec 8, 2021 at 21:44
  • It should be noted that this is a long standing annual tradition on the Stack Exchange sites. Anybody remember when it first started? Was 2012 the first year? Dec 16, 2021 at 3:59

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From Winter Bash FAQ

What happens after January 5th?

After January 5th, the sites go back to normal and all hats disappear. This is meant to be a fun end-of-year celebration, not a permanent addition to the site.


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