According to the secret hat trigger list:

Hairboat's Revenge is earned by commenting on one of Jon Ericson's posts, or by replying to one of his comments. It cannot be earned by doing this on a per-site meta, only on main sites and Meta.SE. This hat is in retaliation to one of last year's hats, which was the same except that it was targeted at abby hairboat.

So I left this comment:

Hey, @JonEricson! Gimme teh hatz, plz! <|;-))) – Father Christmas♦

It's been over 4 hours and I still don't have the hat. What gives?

  • Lies. You do have a hat, it's just caching! – nicael Dec 22 '15 at 0:02
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    @nicael: Ugh. That was an accident. – Jon Ericson Dec 22 '15 at 0:03
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    An accident? What a convenient excuse! But hey, whatever floats your (⌐■_■) boat. – Adam Lear Dec 22 '15 at 0:07
  • @FatherChristmas The revenge of the hair boat will be upon thee! – Magisch Dec 22 '15 at 14:55
  • @FatherChristmas It's nice to see you with your own hat. You got it! – pixelmeow Dec 22 '15 at 15:14
  • And.... enjoy your new secret hat Jon! – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Dec 22 '15 at 16:08
  • That's one nice hat! – Gary Dec 22 '15 at 20:02
  • @FatherChristmas Gimme my boat! ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) – berserk Dec 23 '15 at 9:02
  • I got nothing... 1 nautical noggin adornment please. ⛵ – Jeff B Dec 23 '15 at 18:27
  • Looking for free boat here. – jimmij Dec 24 '15 at 0:35
  • @FatherChristmas Why don't I have the hat on Academia.SE yet?? :( – Austin Henley Dec 25 '15 at 17:50
  • I posted a comment on a post of yours, days ago on EL&U, I just went back to check and the comment was deleted, but I didn't get a second Hairboat hat as I expected. I've just posted two comments on EL&U and I was immediately awarded the hat. I've deleted both comments, and the hat is still safe in my warm hands, so to speak, but what happened with the first comment on EL&U. Was it too serious? – Mari-Lou A Dec 26 '15 at 14:36
  • I am, unashamedly, trying to get another secret hat, but not the Hairboat one. I shall wait and see if my fiendish plan works.... – Mari-Lou A Dec 26 '15 at 14:37
  • @AustinHenley: Unfortunately, there's no way to earn the hat on Academia. – Jon Ericson Dec 28 '15 at 17:03

Ugh. That's what you decided to write?

In any case, the reason you didn't get the hat is that you have to:

ping this user who has changed his display name from Jon Ericson to "Father Christmas". @JonEricson no longer works on this site.

On a more serious note (and the real reason I wrote this Q&A), it's been interesting to see the sorts of comments people send when they want to get a hat. I've been deleting the obvious I'm-just-trying-to-get-a-hat comments, but there have been some interesting comments that have really tried to grapple with whatever it is the comment is attached to. I appreciate those.

For your edification, here is a gist with all comments directed at me during Winter Bash 2015. I have only included the text, creation date, deletion date and site of each comment. Other identifying details have not been included to protect the guilty. Not every comment earned a hat because:

  • some sites don't earn hats for this,
  • some users commented more than once, and
  • some comments were deleted before the hat was earned.

I can be pretty sure that all of the hats awarded on Stack Overflow were deliberately obtained. There were two comments on Biblical Hermeneutics that seem uninterested in hats. One of them was responsible for building the very first black sail on any site.

The tally:

String        Count
------        -----
secret           32
hat             428
boat             60
revenge          37
abby             14
sorry            48
thank            50
comment         102
jonericson      122
fatherchristmas  32
@               240
⛵                4
🎩                2
ybba              1
egnever           1
taob              1
tah               1
terces            1

In case you are concerned, all is forgiven:

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  • Wait, that's (at least) 647 comments. I can only guess when you've got so much time to filter them out ;) – nicael Dec 22 '15 at 0:00
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    "secret" "boat" "revenge" "Abby" – Shog9 Dec 22 '15 at 0:01
  • "hat" - to balance this ^^ – kos Dec 22 '15 at 0:12
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    Merry Christmas, Father Chirstmas! – Glenn Randers-Pehrson Dec 22 '15 at 2:12
  • But what about comments that include "ybbA" ro ,"egnever" ,"taob" ,"tah" ,"terces"? Will you count those, too? – Catija Dec 22 '15 at 3:30
  • You're having fun with all the comments, right? – PurkkaKoodari Dec 22 '15 at 6:42
  • i just want the dahm hat – Blundell Dec 22 '15 at 10:51
  • Ah, ok, so, because of this I have to write another nonsense comment... – honk Dec 22 '15 at 12:19
  • Honestly, I am commenting only to get the hat but isn't there a typo here somewhere - who as changed his display name? – Harry Dec 22 '15 at 12:20
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    Umm.... are you aware that @Fat also pings you now? :-D – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Dec 22 '15 at 16:09
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    @ShadowWizard Seems quite appropriate actually. Ever seen Santa's belly? :) – Scimonster Dec 22 '15 at 19:55
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    Dear @FatherChristmas -- are you real? - signed, Virginia – David Tansey Dec 23 '15 at 17:04
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    @Virginia: Yes I am. But are you? – Jon Ericson Dec 23 '15 at 17:05
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    ⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩⛵🎩 – Jeff B Dec 23 '15 at 18:29
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    @JonEricson Did hairboat also send you the box of spiders mentioned in last years blog? – Bhargav Rao Jan 5 '16 at 14:28

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