The hat's description says

answer a question qualifying for the Tumbleweed badge that gets accepted

During the winter bash, I answered a question that is a tumbleweed, and it got accepted; yet I did not get the hat. However this guy answer here and did get the hat. (What was the difference?)

So what are the exact requirements to get the Weed Eater hat?

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To be very explicit, the question has to qualify for the Tumbleweed badge at the time the answer is posted. There is one exception however, which is that the number of views is disregarded. Because we don't track historical view count data, it's not possible to say whether a question had 60 views or fewer at a specific time. So we just dropped the viewcount from consideration alltogether.

Here are the exact requirements for the hat:

  • The answer was posted during Winter Bash and is not a self-answer.
  • The answer is accepted, has a score of at least 1, and is not deleted.
  • The question is fully active (not closed, not deleted, etc.).
  • At the time when the answer was posted,

    • the question was at least 7 days old,
    • there were no (active) comments on the question,
    • there were no (active) answers to the question, and
    • the question had a score of 0.

If all of those are met, the owner of the answer gets the Weed Eater.

  • Could you please clarify "active comments" part? Do old (more than a week old) comments qualify as "active"?
    – DVK
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 16:57
  • @DVK Yes, as long as they're not deleted.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 16:58
  • @balpha Can you tell my why I did not get the badge for this answer? The user even got the Tumbleweed badge for the question - or is that the exact problem? Or should I actually ask a question for this "problem"?
    – luk2302
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 19:59
  • @luk2302 Yeah, bug. Fixing.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 20:22
  • @luk2302 Fixed, you have the hat now. Sorry about that, and thanks for the ping.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 20:40
  • Woah, nice, thanks :)))
    – luk2302
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 20:47

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