I have some doubts about how earn these hats.


ask and answer your own question

I did a Selfie yesterday, but nothing happened (yet). I earned this hat right now. I guess that this post woke up some process. As @ShadowWizard said You got Selfie due to the upvote on the question. :)


post an accepted answer that receives no other votes for 12 hours

I answered a question with no upvotes (accepted 20 hours ago), but I have not earned the hat (yet)

Is it just lag? Or are there other rules not written in the description of these hats?

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  • Chances are good that some hats are awarded in a process that executes only once a day at 0 GMT. Your question and answer occurred today. I don't know when your answer was accepted on the second hat attempt, but if it occurred after 0 GMT then it's also likely that this is awarded only once per day. Wait another 8 or so hours and see if you get them at 0 GMT. – Pollyanna Dec 16 '14 at 15:17
  • Most likely both question and answer have to get at least one upvote first. Dunno for Naruto though. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:19
  • @AdamDavis was accepted 20 hours ago – rnrneverdies Dec 16 '14 at 15:22
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    From observations, Selfie is awarded for both asking a question and answering it within the Winterbash period, with both the question and answer having a score greater than zero. – animuson Dec 16 '14 at 15:23
  • Maybe you must not edit the answer if you want the Naruto hat? Really not sure. The only user I found with this hat got two accepted answers without votes, both not edited. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:26
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    You got Selfie due to the upvote on the question. :) – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:27
  • @ShadowWizard: scratch that, it was edited in the grace period. – Martijn Pieters Dec 16 '14 at 15:30
  • @MartijnPieters how do you know? And even if true, maybe one of the "secret" requirements is no revisions. (and you also have such an answer on SO :)) – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:32
  • @ShadowWizard: because I remember editing the answer. Looking at the revision history I also see it was deleted, then undeleted... – Martijn Pieters Dec 16 '14 at 15:34
  • You mean your answer @Martijn? – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:36
  • @ShadowWizard: this answer. It was briefly deleted as I verified that the OP had indeed botched their indentation, and further edited after undeletion, but within the grace period. – Martijn Pieters Dec 16 '14 at 15:38
  • @ShadowWizard: interestingly enough, the question did receive an upvote (and a downvote, and was closed). – Martijn Pieters Dec 16 '14 at 15:38
  • @MartijnPieters so more likely the secret demand is have the question closed as well? – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Dec 16 '14 at 15:41
  • It could be possible that the answer was upvoted and the upvote was retracted, and that throws off the script. – animuson Dec 16 '14 at 15:43
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    @ShadowWizard: more likely the secret demand is that the question has votes, perhaps limited to at least one upvote. – Martijn Pieters Dec 16 '14 at 15:47

The Selfie has already been explained; also see Why didn't (or did) I or some other user get a hat although the requirements were (or weren't) fulfilled?.

The Naruto issue was indeed a bug; an overzealous optimization that caused the awarding to fail when the time between the answer being written and being accepted was too long. I've fixed that bug, and you have just been awarded the Naruto. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Selfie (and "On the Road") requires the posted question to have a score of 1 or higher.

I just got "Selfie" from a question I posted hours ago, just a moment after someone upvoted it.

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    @Cerberus You deserve Eureka – rnrneverdies Dec 16 '14 at 16:36
  • Hehe, thanks, but I don't think eureka applies to figuring out mechanics behind normal hats :P – Cerbrus Dec 16 '14 at 16:37
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    Why not? if these hats have "secret" requirements.. – rnrneverdies Dec 16 '14 at 16:41
  • I wouldn't mind :P – Cerbrus Dec 16 '14 at 17:26
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    @OneWay They're not really secret. They published a FAQ explaining that there would be hidden requirements to prevent abuse for many of them before the Winterbash started. Unlike the secret hats which have no details whatsoever. – animuson Dec 16 '14 at 18:22
  • @animuson oh, well. thanks! i will read FAQ as soon. – rnrneverdies Dec 16 '14 at 18:24

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