Even after you earn them, secret hats refuse to tell you what you earned them for:

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What's the point of the hat, if it won't tell me how I earned it?

This seems like a bug: The description should change from "this is a secret hat" to some real description after you've earned it.

This question is the more general case of this one:

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    See, then you might tell people, and that would defeat the purpose. Dec 16, 2013 at 7:24
  • @michaelb958'saSleigh Fair enough. Was just curious how I ended up with it! Dec 16, 2013 at 7:37
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    This question is the more general case of this one: How do I earn the Johnny Three-hats hat? I actually intended that question to be pretty much exactly like this one, but mine got edited to be more specific :\ Dec 16, 2013 at 22:20
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    Hats should be fun, getting a secret had and not knowing why isn't fun. Knowing why when no one else knows is fun. If people want to spoil their own fun with spoilers then let them Dec 17, 2013 at 13:58
  • See: Winter Bash 2015 Secret Hats
    – kenorb
    Jan 5, 2016 at 17:59

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They're not really all that secret if we give it all away so easily, are they?

Here are some hints - if you can figure them out, you're on your way to some SECRET hats:

  • ...then I took an arrow to the knee.

  • Earned ten of the most meaningless points on the 'Net

  • I live... AGAIN!

  • He ain't no drag

  • from JBM to JWH

  • Humpty Dumpty, or perfect in every way?

  • There are only so many people capable of putting together words that stir and move and sing.

  • You look like an absolute idiot.

  • You may have to go to Puerto Vallarta, break the law and then fight extradition to get over this one.

  • Solve these riddles and it's yours

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    -1. Your riddles are too damn hard!
    – Jack
    Dec 16, 2013 at 8:07
  • With googles help I understand the Puerto Vallarta one.. not sure on the exact criteria though Dec 16, 2013 at 14:21
  • That one might be a tough hat to earn, @James.
    – Shog9
    Dec 17, 2013 at 1:53
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    @Shog9 FUS RO DAH?
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 17, 2013 at 13:51
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    I guess I know how to achieve the last one but I don't know how to make it possible.
    – Em1
    Dec 17, 2013 at 15:17
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    Wait, I think I've figured it out... from a sockpuppet account, post a spam answer about Humpty Dumpty pulling a McAfee, which receives an upvote?
    – Jamal
    Dec 18, 2013 at 1:27
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    @Jamal Actually, when I read "Perfect in every way" I went to give a look at Jon Skeet profile.... but no hat for that.
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 18, 2013 at 14:13
  • I am pretty sure I have all riddles lined up with hats now.. :-D Not that we have a name yet for the 10th, but I am 90% certain how to earn that one now. Dec 18, 2013 at 23:28
  • So, where are your solutions @Martijn?
    – Shog9
    Dec 18, 2013 at 23:51
  • @Shog9: How do you want me to communicate them? I'd rather not spoil the surprise for everyone else. I haven't got the 'how to earn' them down pat for all, but I know what hat goes with what riddle. Dec 18, 2013 at 23:52
  • email works, @Martijn.
    – Shog9
    Dec 18, 2013 at 23:53
  • I keep seeing "FUS RO DAH" posted in comments or chats... I'm starting to wonder if commenting on this trend might lead to some new insight. Dec 20, 2013 at 5:11
  • FUS RO DAH!!! Comments go flying....
    – Dan
    Dec 20, 2013 at 22:38
  • I think I figured out the last one too. Am I right? ;) Dec 21, 2013 at 17:15
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    What do you say when you figure something out? That's my hint ;)
    – Cilan
    Dec 23, 2013 at 17:05

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