After slaving away on meta, I finally hit the rep cap yesterday. By "slaving away", I mostly mean making an off-hand joke about star colors, but whatever. I got my first meta Mortarboard, and was expecting a shiny(?) black ribbon to go along with it. I think it would look rather dashing pinned to my fedora. Even if it doesn't, it would add to my hat-count, which is sorely lacking.
So I waited. As I know, it's always a caching issue. But alas, after a couple hours passed with no sign of a ribbon, I grew despondent.
So I waited. After all, many things around here happen at the end of the UTC day. I know, I know, apparently R-E-S-P-E-C-T isn't one of them, but I had to find out for myself. Of course, you can guess how this turned out for me.
My next thought was to search for others with the same problem. The only post I found was someone reporting they got it too early, which is obviously not the same issue.
Then, I thought maybe it just isn't awarded on meta sites. After a cursory examination, I ruled this out as well. MSO being special and all, it appears that several users have earned it here.
Seriously, how do I get this thing? It's not a secret hat, and the description is brutally straightforward.