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What exactly is a hat?

I have seen a lot of people arguing the significance of hats and the limited edition hats. I know the hats are sort of linked to the Winterbash stuff, but what exactly is a hat, what does it do, how do I get one?

Is there a full list of hats?

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    Hat gives you magical powers and you also get to chat with this unicorn if you win at-least one secret hat. – DroidDev Nov 24 '14 at 11:16
  • ...I don't understand. At all. What are you trying to say -- chat with the unicorn and give you magical powers? Can you clear up a bit, if that is a serious comment? XD – 54D Nov 24 '14 at 11:18
  • possible duplicate of Will there be hats on Meta Stack Exchange? – rene Nov 24 '14 at 11:20
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    Yeah, I know, I'm a spoiler.... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat – rene Nov 24 '14 at 11:21
  • I just deleted my own comment... (Original: You sure it's a duplicate? How does it relate?) – 54D Nov 24 '14 at 11:23
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    @rene I don't think it's a dupe. Looks like the OP here is not familiar with the concept itself, which is exlained nicely in the blog: blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/12/winter-bash-2013-is-here – ShaWiz Nov 24 '14 at 11:30
  • Also see the FAQ for last year's event. – Martijn Pieters Nov 24 '14 at 11:31
  • @ShadowWizard that is true...still not going to retract my vote... – rene Nov 24 '14 at 11:32
  • @rene I take it that your goal is to get icecream? ;-) – ShaWiz Nov 24 '14 at 11:35
  • Yes, please serve in the Tavern @ShadowWizard – rene Nov 24 '14 at 11:36
  • @rene status-completed ;) – ShaWiz Nov 24 '14 at 11:51
  • This question appears to be off-topic because I can't even. – Won't Nov 24 '14 at 15:48
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Hats are the main focus of the online Team Fortress 2 (the shooting aspect is a side-effect). Their popularity has flooded over to Stack Exchange, and over the winter period you can earn hats by getting 10 upvotes on a question to much harder tasks and therefore rarer hats.

Once you unlock a hat, you can wear it on your gravatar.

See last years list for hats and their requirements.

  • Do I wear this permanently if I collected it? Also, are 2014 hats the same as 2013 hats? – 54D Nov 24 '14 at 11:25
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    @ArceusMaster0493 not permanently, only during Winterbash event which is about three weeks. Hats are going to be different. – ShaWiz Nov 24 '14 at 11:26
  • @Shadow Wizard Thank you. So I can start collecting the hats when the Winterbash 2014 event starts. – 54D Nov 24 '14 at 11:28
  • True @Arc, and also worth to mention it all started on the gaming site three years ago: blog.gaming.stackexchange.com/2011/12/… and when the team saw how successful it was, they made it network wide last year. :) – ShaWiz Nov 24 '14 at 11:33
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Hats are invented to bring fun!
Hats are loved by everyone!
Hats - main subject of meta disputes
(maybe debates there will better suit).

If you hate hats, aware of cats1,
They can hunt you down and bite you to death!
Await for another fate if you love them,
A unicorn will bring you some tasty jam :)

The hats are everywhere!..
Just keep your eyes open
And you'll find anywhere
A ton of hatzzzz.

But please be aware that they disappear
And maybe it'll make you despair...
However nothing's bad, drink a glass of beer -
They'll reappear next year.


1 - somewhere there was a meme displaying a kitten and and words like this: "I will hunt you down... and eat you"; didn't you see it?
Also, please don't bite me, english isn't my mother tongue :)

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