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. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Dec 16 '13 at 7:24
  • @michaelb958'saSleigh Fair enough. Was just curious how I ended up with it! – Jonathon Reinhart Dec 16 '13 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 :\ – The Guy with The Hat Dec 16 '13 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 – Richard Tingle Dec 17 '13 at 13:58
  • See: Winter Bash 2015 Secret Hats – kenorb Jan 5 '16 at 17:59

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 '13 at 8:07
  • With googles help I understand the Puerto Vallarta one.. not sure on the exact criteria though – James Webster Dec 16 '13 at 14:21
  • That one might be a tough hat to earn, @James. – Shog9 Dec 17 '13 at 1:53
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    @Shog9 FUS RO DAH? – SPArcheon Dec 17 '13 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 '13 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 '13 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 '13 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. – Martijn Pieters Dec 18 '13 at 23:28
  • So, where are your solutions @Martijn? – Shog9 Dec 18 '13 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. – Martijn Pieters Dec 18 '13 at 23:52
  • email works, @Martijn. – Shog9 Dec 18 '13 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. – DreadPirateShawn Dec 20 '13 at 5:11
  • FUS RO DAH!!! Comments go flying.... – Dan Dec 20 '13 at 22:38
  • I think I figured out the last one too. Am I right? ;) – Ilmari Karonen Dec 21 '13 at 17:15
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    What do you say when you figure something out? That's my hint ;) – Cilan Dec 23 '13 at 17:05

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