I'm a lowly <3K user and I want the Abominable hat. Some questions:

  • Can I earn this with a close flag rather than a VtC?
  • Can I earn this by deleting my own question?
  • Are there any other ways for a lowly <3K user like me to "participate" in a successful closure without posting intentionally bad questions?
  • I flagged for closure, then the question got closed and I got the hat. Dec 20, 2016 at 1:05

3 Answers 3


The only votes that count are close votes and delete votes. Other flags do not count, I'm afraid.

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    So how you explain the hat given to users who only flagged? (see two answers on this question.) Dec 21, 2016 at 12:02
  • @ShadowWizard how do you explain that users did flag and did not get the hat?
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:35
  • hmm....... Bug? Dec 21, 2016 at 12:39
  • @ShadowWizard try again
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:40
  • Gimme da codez and I shall tell. ;) Dec 21, 2016 at 12:41
  • @sha teh codez do what we said above :)
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:42
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    So those who got the hat with less than 3k rep cast close/delete votes on their own posts? Dec 21, 2016 at 14:07
  • Am I cleared to downvote the other answers to oblivion? ;)
    – Nissa
    Dec 21, 2016 at 14:45
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    I'm afraid this isn't correct. I got the hat on Hardware Recommendations by flagging a question for closure.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 22, 2016 at 10:41
  • @Glorfindel not exacly: flagging is not enough right now.
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 22, 2016 at 11:02
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    Ah, right now, so it has been changed.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 22, 2016 at 11:05
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    @Glorfindel negative, it hasn't changed yet. However the trigger is a bit complex, I'm seeing if we can simplify it.
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 22, 2016 at 11:10

You can earn it with a close flag. I too have less than 3k and I have earned the hat.

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    I flagged this and it was closed. I didn't get the hat.
    – Nissa
    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:22

You can definitely earn Abominable by voting or flagging a question for closure. I have Abominable on SO from a close flag, and on PPCG from a close vote. As for the others, I don't know for sure. It shouldn't be too hard to get - watch the new questions on SO and flag the unclear/duplicate ones.

  • …but I have raised a close flag though. I didn't get the hat.
    – Nissa
    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:03
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    @StephenLeppik You have to wait for the question to actually get closed (and for the system to award you the hat, which can take several minutes).
    – user307833
    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:04

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