Several of the winterbash hats have criteria that are "non-binding," for example "Witticism" requires 5 upvoted questions.

If such a criteria no longer applies, such as an upvoted question or answer getting downvoted later and no longer qualifying for a hat, will the user keep the affected hat or will it no longer be available?

  • While the dupe is not direct, it does include this part under "We don't (usually) take away hats once they're awarded" Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 8:15

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You do not lose hats.

I had an answer upvoted and then later downvoted but I kept my hat.

  • Cool, thanks for the tip. I was tempted to delete this question to answer my question, but now I don't have to. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 7:49
  • Yep, hats are like badges (though temporary) - once you gain one you can't really lose it. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:29

Why would it? Considering that non-tag badges aren't even revoked for things like this and that the hats will only exist for a couple weeks, do you really think they built processes to revoke hats, of all things?

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    "...do you really think they built processes to revoke hats..." Hehe, no. But neither of us knows the actual process (right?), so that's why I'm asking. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 7:23

It's all for celebration:

Stack Exchange invites you to celebrate the end of a great year…

So, in my humble opinion, they won't be taking your cheers and laughter away!

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    Unless it gives them cheers and laughters! :O Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 7:24

I doubt it. Like I mentioned here, hats are badges you can wear, and they probably behave like badges. So you probably get to keep them.


I think it would not and behave like badge .. we dont loose badge on deleted question or answer

for example Hafizul Amri has great question badge even after question got deleted

  • I've always wondered about that. Thanks for the example. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 7:48
  • @tenterhook yours welcome Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 7:49

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