I am wondering why some got a moon and others got a sun as Where in the World hat for the same action:

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And is it possible two collect both e.g. from different sites? I only get moons…

I know that there has already been some spoilering Winter Bash 2016 - All Hats.

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    Ten bucks says either timezones or hemispheres. – ArtOfCode Dec 20 '16 at 16:55
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    Have you tried flying to the southern hemisphere? – Mysticial Dec 20 '16 at 16:55
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    Not yet ;-) But I going to fly to Portugal tomorrow...So I will check the timezone theory at least… – Beat Dec 20 '16 at 16:57
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    If I recall correctly, previous years' dual-hats locked in whichever form you earned first, so that earning either on other sites always gave you the same form you've already earned. (This makes sense if you think of it as one hat with two forms.) – SevenSidedDie Dec 20 '16 at 16:59
  • Just a note: last year's secret hat, for voting on the 21st (iirc), was a "the dress" hat, given out in 1 of 2 forms like this one. – Riker Dec 20 '16 at 17:00
  • @ArtOfCode I'll take that bet (it's been proven by some of us that that is not the case). – LegendaryDude Dec 20 '16 at 17:11
  • @LegendaryDude Terms and conditions: bet is null and void if accepted after the correct solution has been revealed :) – ArtOfCode Dec 20 '16 at 17:13
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    This may be similar to last year's Flip Flop hat. – Werner Dec 20 '16 at 17:45
  • The penalty for having the "wrong" hat is banishment to the moon for a thousand years. – Robert Columbia Dec 23 '16 at 15:01

I could explain this to you but it is actually Quantum Mechanics. The hat type is not assigned until someone gets it.

Maybe you are interested to read the implementation details?

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  • So it's randomly chosen which version you get? – Riker Dec 20 '16 at 16:59
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    The hat is both a moon and a sun until you get the hat – user41805 Dec 20 '16 at 17:00
  • @EᴀsᴛᴇʀʟʏIʀᴋ it's all part of a plan – Sklivvz Dec 20 '16 at 17:01
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    @Sklivvz hmmmm very mysterious plan – Riker Dec 20 '16 at 17:01
  • So it's not timezones? Or hemispheres? Damn, that's my ten bucks gone then. – ArtOfCode Dec 20 '16 at 17:06
  • @Art it's cosmic dust. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 20 '16 at 17:29
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    I'm glad I got the moon version, it fits me much better. – user1228 Dec 20 '16 at 18:32
  • @Won't same here! – Xandar The Zenon Dec 23 '16 at 3:23
  • But this is to be considered one hat or two different hats (I mean from the point of view of the community)? – Charo Dec 25 '16 at 19:01

You can't collect the other version on different sites once you have the hat in one version. Think of it as one hat that has two forms. Whichever form you have first is the only form you can collect.

This has precedent from last year's Flip Flop hat based on “The Dress”: you were randomly assigned either a black and blue or white and gold hat, and once earned on one site, earning it on others would get you the same version.

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Perhaps it's a secret within a secret. :)

Even in past years, SE never disclosed as to how they decided which of the two forms to assign to which user (they just said it was random). Now they're waiting to see who will guess that criterion, hence they keep reincarnating the hat every year.

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