At this point, I am relatively confident that Winter Bash will become an annual event. The event is oodles of fun for our communities, and almost everything we do as employees in putting the event together is done with an eye toward repeatability and automation.

With that in mind, I see a lot of feature requests come through on MSO and child metas that are great ideas, but simply not possible (or not worthwhile) to implement for this year's event. The same happens with minor bugs that give Winter Bash a few rough edges without disrupting functionality - they often get left behind on the "eh, maybe next year, if there's time" list.

Reader, this is that list.

What tweaks and feature requests have come up this year that we should keep in mind for next year?

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    Getting a real hat at our postal address for each hat earn here. LOL – user219322 Dec 24 '13 at 18:12
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    @SantaClaus That is your job. – syb0rg Dec 24 '13 at 18:21
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    @syb0rg I am on holidays next year. – user219322 Dec 24 '13 at 18:29
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    @JonSkeet should hand deliver hats to us all.... – user234239 Dec 25 '13 at 3:23
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    @Scrooge +1 for Jon Skeet being next Santa Claus – user219322 Dec 25 '13 at 11:05
  • NEEDS MORE HATS. – user206222 Dec 31 '13 at 10:19
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    We should probably have a new post for 2015... – Oded Dec 15 '14 at 13:04
  • Yes, we need a new one for 2015. People probably already have ideas. – Laura Dec 15 '14 at 15:57
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    I need a hairboat hat. – Jarrod Dixon Dec 16 '14 at 4:13

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Let us wear more than one hat. Maybe allow only certain combos but for example this year wearing any head gear with Hi Ho Silver or R-E-S-P-E-C-T would have made perfect sense.

  • That would not scale well unless the rendering algorithm accumulates the overlay combinations server-side, I believe. Especially considering implementing that would result in the next feature request being to move and/or rotate every hat layer separately. Then there would be discussions about how transforms should be absolute or relative. – Frédéric Hamidi Dec 26 '13 at 0:40
  • You have a simple alternative - check out my profile page here: music.stackexchange.com/users/104/dr-mayhem - it seems to work okay :-) – Rory Alsop Dec 27 '13 at 10:57
  • @RoryAlsop yeah, shog did it better though, lol! – Shadow9 Dec 27 '13 at 11:37
  • hahaha - I tried that one and it didn't suit my mask... – Rory Alsop Dec 27 '13 at 11:40

Long-term hats!

Meaning hats that I have to work for. Winterbash runs 3 weeks but you can get most hats on a busy day's work.

I had all the hats I think I can achieve after very few days and since I don't know how to get the remaining secret hats, it's kind of "over" for me.


A couple of suggestions for the FAQ:

Add a note that hats may take a little while to be awarded. Hopefully this will prevent the long list of "Where's my hat?" questions.

Possibly add rules for secret hats:

The first rule about Secret Hats is: You do not talk about Secret Hats.
The second rule about Secret Hats is: You do not talk about Secret Hats.
Third rule about Secret Hats is: You do not talk about Secret Hats!


After winning certain number of hats (for example, 10 network wide) one will be able to make a custom hat. There will be an "upload hat" button, allowing the user to upload an image that will be scaled down if needed, and the user can use it as yet another hat and enter custom text as well.


  1. The custom hat will be per user only, that is, others will see it, but they won't be able to get it themselves.
  2. Moderators will be able to "reset" this in case of offensive/inappropriate images or text.

I would like to see a simple "scripting" engine that users (3k for example) could use to set up hats that would be secret for employees and moderators. Peer-reviewed for safety, but otherwise kept hidden. Of course, the author (and maybe reviewers) wouldn't be allowed to earn it.

That way employees would have some secrets to discover, too!

(I don't think it'll be implemented, but hey, I say it anyway ;)


A ranking based on number of hats earned and top few people getting something as a prize, say like some reputation added to their bag. If the reputation thing is not good, at least a leader board should be released to rank people on number of their hats.


Suspend users asking about or revealing how to get a secret hat.

In the spirit of giving and the season of putting tissue paper around everything, box them for as many hours (rounded to days) as there are users already wearing the hat.

After all, what's the challenge of a secret hat when others are doing the walking for you?

Checkpoint saved.

Or replace all their hats with a single silver spoon. Secret spoon.

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    I thought Winter Bash is supposed to be a fun event. In any event there are people that want to cheat their way through it. Their loss. Suspending people for it seems counterproductive to me. – Sumurai8 Dec 24 '13 at 21:07
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    Fun is a relative term – random Dec 24 '13 at 22:54
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    Just take their hats away. Much worse than suspension! – Shadow9 Dec 25 '13 at 23:29

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