Getting my hat request in early. I noticed a distinct lack of any royal headgear this year. No crowns, no tiaras, nada. May I suggest a royal hat next year, perhaps this one, sported by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York at the Royal Wedding?

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Since the hat was at first widely ridiculed, became a sensation in its own right, and was then sold at auction for £81k to raise money, perhaps on of the following situations could trigger it?

  • Editing a post with net negative votes resulting in it getting net positive votes?

  • Getting or (highlighting the fact that the hat upstaged the princess on this occasion)?

  • The hat was divisive, some people loved it some people hated it. A post that gats >5 upvotes and >5 downvotes on meta?

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    lol! I like it. Although the hats are supposed to have a meaning behind them that is related to how they are earned. What would the connection be here? – Pekka Jan 1 '14 at 16:55
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    @Pëkka It's definitely up there in terms of notable contemporary hats. It made £81k in a charity auction after much public ridicule. Maybe some connection to 'making the best out of a bad situation', or 'turning something bad into something good'? – fredley Jan 1 '14 at 16:57
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    Yeah, maybe something like a reversal badge. Hard to game, too. – Pekka Jan 1 '14 at 17:00
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    Nothing wrong with this question, but just FYI, we're collecting ideas over at What should we consider for next year's Winter Bash? – Pops Jan 1 '14 at 17:36
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    Obligatory picture – ben is uǝq backwards Jan 1 '14 at 17:42
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    I don't know if I should upvote, because I like the idea, or downvote, because that hat is hurting my eyes... – yannis Jan 1 '14 at 17:54
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    We'll never be royals... – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 17:59
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    @jonsca You can marry up! – fredley Jan 1 '14 at 18:01
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    I can't even marry down. – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 18:03
  • I was joking about youtu.be/nlcIKh6sBtc ;) – jonsca Jan 1 '14 at 18:05
  • But we'll never be royals – Cole Johnson Jan 2 '14 at 1:45
  • Welp, you wanted a royal hat, and you got a facehugger. Close enough. – Jason C Dec 23 '15 at 15:22

Spoiler alert!

balpha's avatar with the requested hat

PS: Hats!

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  • This is glorious. – fredley Dec 8 '15 at 18:22
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    Is it just me or does it look like a toilet bowl? – Mysticial Dec 8 '15 at 18:22
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    @Mysticial No, that's about right. The same is true for the original though, as you can see on the photo in the question :) – balpha Dec 8 '15 at 18:25
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    @Mysticial but a royal bowl. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Dec 8 '15 at 18:40
  • @Shadow Porcelain throne? – fredley Dec 8 '15 at 20:45
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    I hope we are having a kiwi hat this time too. – Ankit Sharma Dec 10 '15 at 9:15
  • I stand my spoiler – Νеvеrꭑoꭇе Dec 10 '15 at 16:11
  • Is it true that pinging you gets a secret hat? – Undo Dec 14 '15 at 1:34
  • hey @balpha, does lyfe matter now that it is part of the standard -- are you going to give up on lyfe.... hope not. :) Also, it is not a hat if it has a collar. – Hogan Dec 17 '15 at 18:00


But, you'll probably see it unlocked by using the power that a monarch commands, which is broadly ceremonial. Maybe you'll have to grant a pardon, or give something a stay of execution. Or perhaps you'll have to 'knight' someone by being the vote that causes them to unlock a privilege.

There are many possibilities, but I think it would be a crime against humanity to not include such gaudyness in next year's hard-earned headgear.

Disclaimer: I know very little about monarchs, except that they're born in cocoons.

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    Hmmm. Being the vote that causes them to unlock a privilege. Is that what this year's man-of-mystery hat is about? Though it would have to be more specific than that, given how few of this hat have been awarded. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 2 '14 at 9:53
  • Giving the vote that unlocks a privilege would be far too easy to game, but receiving a vote that unlocks a privilege would be harder (and would likely increase participation on smaller/newer sites where people have lower rep). – fredley Jan 2 '14 at 10:19
  • If you do the 'knight' thing, don't forget bounties. – E.P. Jan 21 '14 at 18:16
  • I was thinking of reversing the avatars of 5 users, then flipping them again to the original state. Isn't that enough? – Νеvеrꭑoꭇе Dec 2 '15 at 15:00
  • Or maybe you'll just have to stick around long enough... – fredley Dec 23 '15 at 21:22

How about the royal hat goes to the people in the top 10 people of every week during winterbash?


<antiMonarchistRrant>since it's a royalist hat, how about you get it for being the spawn (AKA sock-puppet) of a 10K user</antiMonarchistRant> (Thanks Pëkka)

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    But that would mean you actually have to work for the hat. </AntiMonarchistQuip> – Pekka Jan 1 '14 at 17:16
  • That was a half-joke, half-shameless plug answer – scrblnrd3 Jan 1 '14 at 17:17
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    Also, that stallman beard on you is downright scary and amazing – scrblnrd3 Jan 1 '14 at 17:20

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