I see the "Should we opt out of winter bash 2016" Meta posts on all the SE sites I go on. Are there actually any sites that opt out, or have in the past? If so, which ones, and possibly why?

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    The arguments "against hats" I've seen fall in two categories: 1. it looks unprofessional, and detracts from the content (much like a pink background would do), and 2. it gives users incentive to game/abuse the platform just to get a hat which will result in low-quality contributions (much like users already do to get rep and badges). I'm not aware of any sites opting out last year though, but a few have done a few years ago (like security.SE). Dec 7, 2016 at 2:16
  • Why not opt out? Why follow the following?
    – random
    Dec 7, 2016 at 2:16
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    Saying that having a pink background is unprofessional makes Pinkie Pie cry. Dec 7, 2016 at 3:03
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    Why is a pink background unprofessional @Carpetsmoker ?
    – Catija StaffMod
    Dec 7, 2016 at 3:18
  • Hmm. Not on meta.su ... Dec 7, 2016 at 18:32
  • @Catija for the same reason people still think that the legendary D&D artifact "+2 Bowtie of Knowledge" really exist. Light travels a lot faster than sound, so often a fast "business" look can cover the lack of contents your words will bring in only later... That said, I don't think that Carpetsmoker ever implied to actually believe that, probably he just reported the common arguments he heard so asking him to back up those claims is a bit unfair.
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 8, 2016 at 18:54


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