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I was poking around winterba.sh for secret hats and I figured there may be a secret hat linked to a URL so I decided to look at some different URLs and got plenty of 404s but, some pages throw different 404s than others. Why?

Example: http://winterba.sh/sdfj throws the classic "Page Not Found" winterbash style... but http://winterba.sh/hat just has the text "404"

(http://winterba.sh/secret used to throw just the text "404" but since that has changed)

Still happening at 2016 with http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com/hat.

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    Maybe hat is the name of a directory on the server? – irrelephant Dec 21 '12 at 4:58
  • true, but what would be in there? all the images and things are hosted at a diffrent domain – DeadChex Dec 21 '12 at 5:04
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    @DeadChex That's the secret LOL – Mr. Alien Dec 21 '12 at 6:13
  • @irrelephant: Seems more like a sole file then a directory for me. Maybe a joke? – Time Traveling Bobby Dec 21 '12 at 8:15
  • I guess something to do with the URL-rewriting, "hat" is probably the name of the ASPX file although I wasn't able to prove that just yet. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jan 9 '13 at 10:34
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Turns out I was right.

After some trial and error, I got to this: http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com/hat?id=1 which returns JSON data for a specific hat.

Stack Exchange simply use this internally to load hats data.

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    I see a traces of russian hackers in the link :) – αλεχολυτ Jan 3 '17 at 10:14

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