So far, I've unlocked one of the secret hats. I'm wondering what other secret hats are out there and how to earn them?

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    now the question is: do an unicorn hat exist? – BlueSoul Dec 15 '14 at 9:12
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    also, if the count is correct, there must be one more secret hat around – BlueSoul Dec 15 '14 at 11:20
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    @SPArchaeologist What count? – Eran Dec 15 '14 at 12:04
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    seems that based on core.js there are 8 secret hats. Which seems few to me, considering 3 star wars hats... – BlueSoul Dec 15 '14 at 12:05
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    @SPArchaeologist There are 8 secret hats on this page, so it sounds like we have found all of them. – BradleyDotNET Dec 15 '14 at 19:41
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    Will a list of the secret hats and their exact triggers be released after WB14 ends? – Qix - MONICA WAS MISTREATED Dec 16 '14 at 18:11
  • @Qix If they follow last year's example, then yes. – Air Dec 16 '14 at 20:50
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    Gosh, there really should be a [spoiler] system for SE... now I can never get the "Eureka" hat because I've seen the 'secrets' :cries: – pepoluan Dec 17 '14 at 4:44
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    @pepoluan There are spoilers. Head over to a Sandbox post and type in !> something something something. – The Guy with The Hat Dec 17 '14 at 15:49
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  • @TheGuywithTheElfHat, aah, that's news to me! Unfortunately, can't unsee what I already have seen... :-/ – pepoluan Dec 19 '14 at 9:44

Now that Winter Bash 2014 is over, a wrap-up blog post has been written: So long Winter Bash 2014


Chameleon was supposed to be awarded to users when they change their avatar, but a bug triggered it in other situations, such as editing other profile fields or creating a linked account.


Eureka! was manually awarded by the Stack Exchange staff to users who independently guessed how to get any secret hat (except Eureka! itself, which first appeared during Winter Bash 2013).


Fascinating was earned by upvoting an accepted answer that had a score of at least 5.

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Fascinating, Ma'am

Fascinating, Ma'am was earned by upvoting a question that had a score of at least 25 and 10K views.


Hairboat was earned by commenting on one of abby hairboat's posts or replying to one of her comments.

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Time Lord

Time Lord was earned by editing five questions that were posted more than a year ago.


Waffles was earned by downvoting a question, editing it (approved suggested edits count) and then changing your downvote to an upvote.

Warm Welcome

Warm Welcome was earned by upvoting any user's first post.

Please note that I (The Guy with The Elf Hat) did not figure out any of these hats by myself; I merely compiled all the information into one answer.

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    Thanks for this. Not related to award conditions, but worth noting that the comments on at least one of abby's recent posts are being cleaned up (presumably to avoid Abby Overflow). – Air Dec 16 '14 at 17:02
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    I really appreciate you creating a canonical list, Guy with the Elf Hat! – Kevin Dec 16 '14 at 20:58
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    I upvoted a few 25-score questions but didn't get Fascinating, Ma'am. – Scimonster Dec 16 '14 at 21:01
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    I find the “warm welcome” in a bad taste. A hat with a communist symbol that looks like it could possibly belong to a border patrol or gulag guard uniform? Shouldn’t such a thing rather be awarded for shooting new users’ posts on sight? Are we going to get hats with Hakenkreuze, too? – Emil Jeřábek Dec 16 '14 at 23:18
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    Just leaving this here for reasons. – hairboat Dec 18 '14 at 1:14
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    and I'm very interested in hearing more about your reasons. How can I sign up for your newsletter? – Insomniac Software Dec 18 '14 at 15:43
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    @abbyhairboat Do you want to get spammed with notifications? – The Guy with The Hat Dec 18 '14 at 16:01
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    @abbyhairboat you are really bad at playing hide and seek. You could have at least hid in Expatriates meta or something. – jmac Dec 18 '14 at 17:05
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    I just got a "Warm Welcome" for upvoting a 2-year-old post on StackOverflow (this one) – Conor O'Brien Dec 19 '14 at 4:13
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    Arguably useful information: Fascinating is Spock (obviously). Fascinating, Ma'am appears to be Tuvok. "Ma'am" because he would be saying it to Janeway, I suppose. – hobbs Dec 19 '14 at 7:00
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    @Chenmunka Interesting . . . I tried several questions on Blender.SE (3D application) and I did not get the hat. So I decided to try it again, and after making sure it fit the criteria, I got it within a few minutes. – veryRandomMe Dec 19 '14 at 15:04
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    @Sompuperoo Of course it's a real separate hat! – The Guy with The Hat Dec 20 '14 at 14:31
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    @Sompuperoo You already got it. It's a weird hat in that it's automatically worn as soon as you earn it. However, because it's a secret secret hat, it doesn't show up in the hat list. – The Guy with The Hat Dec 20 '14 at 15:56
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    Hm, I've also been wearing the Chameleon hat upside down for quite a while and I see no separate hat. If it doesn't count in the hatcount, why is there a separate hat name for it? :/ – Ahaan S. Rungta Dec 20 '14 at 16:19
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    @Ahaan If you're not privy yet, the Praying Mantis "hat" is a joke. The Chameleon hat looks like a bug upside-down, but you don't actually earn a new hat for it. – Kevin Dec 22 '14 at 21:16

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I've noticed a mod with this hat and he recently did a roll back on a question. Seems like an appropriate action for a time lord.It seems like edits to old questions instead of rollback based on comments below, but how old is TBD.

See Martijn Pieters's answer.

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    Rollback on a question as a non-mod is not enough. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 15 '14 at 9:27
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    can't be mod only. Look here. stackoverflow.com/users/2221895/don-chakkappan – BlueSoul Dec 15 '14 at 9:47
  • Answering a old question doesn't get you a tardis, either – Cerbrus Dec 15 '14 at 11:57
  • Let's put that to the test, @MartijnPieters :P – Cerbrus Dec 15 '14 at 12:52
  • @MartijnPieters: No luck so far... – Cerbrus Dec 15 '14 at 13:03
  • @MartijnPieters: Oh, that edit was on my own old post – Cerbrus Dec 15 '14 at 13:27
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    @Cerbrus: Oh, you sly wolf, who did you get to upvote that post? – Martijn Pieters Dec 15 '14 at 13:30
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    Who loves hats more than any of us? Gaben. – Cerbrus Dec 15 '14 at 13:34
  • I edited an old post of mine and it was updated: no tardis :( – fredley Dec 15 '14 at 13:53
  • @fredley I upvoted your edited question on Arqade to see if it would make a difference. Looks like you got the hat, so maybe it did :) – Eran Dec 15 '14 at 15:26
  • @Eran Maybe it was the upvote that made the difference! Still no waffle though... :( – fredley Dec 15 '14 at 15:28
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    How old has to be the post? – Math Dec 15 '14 at 16:04
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    I edited very old question (not mine) and within 5 minutes, I got this hat. may be 3 years. – MysticMagicϡ Dec 15 '14 at 16:15

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