The question pretty much tells it all.

I joined Math.SE today and I'm not seeing any hats in my profile. So joining any SE site after Winter-Bash starts doesn't grant me hats? I see that there may be a delay. Is this the case?

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    Isn't that a Link to the past cap? Or do you naturally have Spock-ears ? ;-)
    – StuartLC
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:34
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    @StuartC link to the past. Dec 20, 2013 at 13:35
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    The existence of the "Hello, World" (very first post, scoring 1+) hat would suggest that new members are more than welcome to WinterBash. Dec 20, 2013 at 13:36
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    He's saying the hats(and anything hat-related) don't show up on his Math.SE profile, but it's only been about 30 minutes since joining as of now. Might have to wait it out. I tried joining myself and see the same issue.
    – Geobits
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:37
  • @GenericHolidayName so I'm victim of dealay-rious? Dec 20, 2013 at 13:38

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I just joined Math.SE to test this out. No hat, no hat-link in my profile.

To make the hat appear on your profile, you can go to the hat page from one of your hat-enabled profiles, and click the "Wear Hat" button again. After doing this, my Johnny Three Hats showed up on Math. After a minute or two and another refresh, the hat link showed up as well.

  • Please make hats faster [feature-request] [winterbash-2014]
    – fredley
    Dec 20, 2013 at 14:00
  • Honestly, I don't know if it would've appeared any time soon if I hadn't done a forced "Wear Hat". I didn't wait around to find out, maybe someone else can.
    – Geobits
    Dec 20, 2013 at 14:07
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    Yup, this is the answer. You just need to force Winter Bash to re-count your hat-enabled sites by triggering a network-wide Wear Hat (or Remove Hat). This isn't an ideal setup, but we're only doing this for a few weeks, so it's what we'll live with.
    – hairboat
    Dec 20, 2013 at 14:38
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    Yeah, so basically, you get out of the car and then get back in, and it works.
    – Tim Post
    Dec 20, 2013 at 14:47

So joining any SE site after Winter-Bash starts doesn't grants me hats?

It does. If you actually earn a hat on the site you just joined, that will also cause your account list to be refreshed. To force the update manually before you've earned any hats there, the generic holiday answer is correct.

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