I am loving the new Winter Bash, but I have too many hats! I can't decide which one to wear!

Eeeek! What do I do? How do I choose which hat to wear!?

I should mention to downvoters that Josh's Socks is my sockpuppet :-)

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    Needs more "Eeeek!"
    – jscs
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:35
  • FTFY @JoshCaswell! Dec 19, 2012 at 20:37
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    The downvotes have nothing to do with your sockpuppet. The downvotes are because by no standards is this a constructive question for Meta. The answer should really just be the question.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:37
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    @animuson a) welcome to Meta, you should know better. B) I tagged it so it becomes acceptable. You're welcome.
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:38
  • @jcolebrand: Your tag does not make this acceptable.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:39
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    You, sir, are a spoilsport: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/…
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:40
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    @animuson: This question will be going away when the Winter Bash ends. I specifically posted a bad question for humor value. Clearly my intention was to post the userscript. The downvotes don't bother me a bit, in fact I find them quite hysterical :-) Dec 19, 2012 at 20:40
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    @animuson: Are you saying that if The Unhandled Exception had posted the answer in the question, you wouldn't instead be complaining that it wasn't a question? I can't see anything wrong with creating a dummy question in order to be able to share a useful/fun script.
    – jscs
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:41
  • Same goes for almost all "friday in Iceland" posts as they all generally have a limited shelf-life. My most recent AFiI post will be closed on Dec 26th.
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:41
  • @jcolebrand: You'd also notice over half those questions are... closed.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:42
  • @TheUnhandledException, that's reassuring, I was already seeing the Are sockpuppets allowed on meta? questions arriving in droves. Dec 19, 2012 at 20:42
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    @Josh: No, I would've upvoted it - it's a cool little script. Many people post things like that on Meta, I've even posted a user-script on the Gaming Meta before. But posting a silly question to post an answer to is just bad form.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:43
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    @animuson then downvote the question, and upvote the answer. You seem to be misunderstanding that bad form was my intention with the question! It's playing off all the bad MSO questions. Dec 19, 2012 at 20:44
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    @FrédéricHamidi he should be the only popular sockpuppet, except of course for MarcGravell and TimStone being RebeccaChern's sockpuppets, who is of course a sock for GraceNote, but I digress ...
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:44
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    @TheUnhandledException, seems like you're getting away with it this time again. Beware though: you may be unhandled now, but someday, someone will catch you. Dec 19, 2012 at 20:48

1 Answer 1


Do you have too many hats? Can't decide which one to wear? Want to make sure you're always showing off how many hats you have but don't have time to click through them all? Do you suffer from crippling indecision where even life's smallest choices bring you to your knees?

Fear not!

The answer you seek is here!

Josh's Socks' Ultra Hat Selector 5000™

(patent pending)

Now with support for changing Community's hat (mods only)

With Josh's Socks' Ultra Hat Selector 5000™ you'll never need to worry about which hat to wear again! Simply Install this userscript and visit your user profile page. There you'll find a new "Randomly change my hat" feature!

Randomly change my hat

  1. First, Open your list of hats by clicking the hats link to load the hats into your browser. Then you can close the list.
  2. Then, check the "Randomly change my hat" checkbox.
  3. Enter a duration in H:MM:SS format. For example, enter 1:30:00 to change your hat every hour and a half.
  4. The countdown will begin and your hat will be changed and the countdown reset automatically. Leave this tab open, if you close the tab, you close the Josh's Socks' Ultra Hat Selector 5000™. Your hat will not change on this tab but will change elsewhere on the site!


  • Do not close the tab which is running the countdown. This tab must remain open for the script to work.
  • The tab with the countdown will not update. A refresh would be needed (or more time in teh code) to refresh the hat, and a refresh would stop the countdown
  • If you get more hats, you'll need to refresh the tab and restart the countdown. The hats are cached when you open the hat selector, so only those hats will be randomized. If you earn new hats, refresh and start the script again.
  • Hats are cached on every user's browser so use a reasonable countdown like 5 or 10 minutes at least. Changing your hat every 15 seconds won't take effect to anyone but you.

Happy Winter Hat Dash Bash!

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    This is what happens when I leave you guys alone to go to the store... shakes head
    – Tim Stone
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:27
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    Didn't check if it's really working, but +1 just for the description and marketing! :D Dec 19, 2012 at 20:29
  • I'm using it now, it's working great! Dec 19, 2012 at 20:31
  • Wow - did you really do that in 1 minute?
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:31
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    @Rory: it's a sockpuppet, so one and same user ;) See also user profile.
    – user138231
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:33
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    d'oh - I am a gullible fool
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 19, 2012 at 20:35
  • Note the gravatar @RoryAlsop :-) Dec 19, 2012 at 20:37
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    Yes, we all know why you're "busy" at work now. Those Gitlin Site-in-a-box 5000 Mark Vs aren't going to sell themselves.
    – jonsca
    Dec 20, 2012 at 0:29

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