The Winter Bash FAQ mentions:

I'm on Stack Overflow (or on one of a few other sites). Where are my hats?

Users on these sites have to choose to opt-in individually. Just click the "Winter Bash" popup at the top and click "I love hats!", and you'll be able to earn hats and see other hat-loving users sporting dashing works of millinery.

I don't see a pop-up (snowflake) on TeX.SE, nor is it listed in the Winter Bash Leaderboard. Are all sites able to participate in Winter Bash 2014? What about per-site metas (as it's currently not available on Meta.SO)?

Related (not duplicate): Where is my snowflake on Stack Overflow?; I tried in both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox with no luck, nor am I running any of mentioned extensions/plug-ins.

  • I have removed the "few other sites" from the FAQ; this year Stack Overflow is the only such site. – balpha Dec 15 '14 at 9:33

This year the breakdown is as follows:

  • Stack Overflow by default has no hats, but users can opt in to wear and see them (either by clicking "I love hats" in the snowflake dropdown, or simply by putting on a hat somewhere).
  • TeX, Math Overflow, and Japanese Stack Overflow have no hats at all, with no way of opting in.
  • The experimental edX sites have no hats either, period.
  • All other Q&A sites (except for discuss.area51) have hats, and they're enabled by default.
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    This is intriguing. It makes me curious: why does TeX not participate? – user206222 Dec 15 '14 at 8:06
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    Because they didn't want to. – balpha Dec 15 '14 at 8:07
  • Fair enough! It sounded like there was some other restriction, but perhaps I read it wrong. – user206222 Dec 15 '14 at 8:08
  • @Emrakul: This was confirmed by the mods. It was brought up in 2012 with very little feedback and was dropped. The same for 2013, and now as well for 2014. – Werner Dec 15 '14 at 8:08
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    @balpha: Around when is the opt-in time for sites? Perhaps I can post a question on Meta.TeX.SE around that time next year and see if things have changed. – Werner Dec 15 '14 at 8:09
  • @Werner I'm not sure, but I'll ping someone who knows. – balpha Dec 15 '14 at 8:11
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    @Werner: This past year it was from mid-November to Dec. 1. I imagine next year will be around the same time. – Jon Ericson Dec 15 '14 at 8:17
  • Maybe worth adding Area 51 also doesn't have hats? – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 16 '14 at 9:24
  • @Werner it is that time. – StrongBad Dec 4 '15 at 1:55
  • @JonEricson: Is this the time to question a site for participation? – Werner Dec 4 '15 at 5:04
  • @Werner: The moderators have been notified and are considering participation as we speak. Our expectation is that at most a couple of sites will decline. It might be as few as one. – Jon Ericson Dec 4 '15 at 5:06
  • Thanks @JonEricson... For what it's worth, I've solicited some community discussion on TeX.SE... – Werner Dec 4 '15 at 5:18

To the second, easy answer: hats are not enabled on per-site metas.

Additionally, sites have the option of opting out of Winterbash for 2014. Given that TeX neither appears on the leaderboards nor has the Winterbash plugin, I'd assume that for one reason or another they decided to opt out.

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  • Who are "they"? Any reference for the "per-site meta" answer? – Werner Dec 15 '14 at 7:53
  • @Werner "They" being the TeX community. – user206222 Dec 15 '14 at 7:53
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    There was no mention of this in the the TeX.SE chat room nor on Meta.TeX.SE (as far as I know), so I doubt "[we] decided to opt out." – Werner Dec 15 '14 at 7:58
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    @Werner TeX decided to opt out last year, so it may have unintentionally carried over in the absence of discussion. I'll ping one of their mods. – user206222 Dec 15 '14 at 7:59
  • There were definitely hats last year, though. I mean: on TeX.SE. – cfr Dec 18 '14 at 1:24

Child metas now have hats (if parent site has hats)!
From balpha's answer:

You wear the same hat on the child meta that you wear on the parent site, and the hat count on a meta user profile takes you to your hat rack on the parent site, similar to how it works for profile editing.

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