I came across this post, Are some hats manually awarded other than Archimedes?, which shows that there are hats that are manually awarded by the staff.

Also, there are badges, such as Not a Robot on Stack Overflow that are awarded manually.

Just curious if there's any hats that are manually awarded this year?

(It's fine if the staff could answer this after Winter Bash, so that it won't cause spoilers)

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    I have the hypothesis that Trendsetter may be manually awarded to hat arrangements that particularly please some judge. I am not sure though.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 24, 2016 at 13:19
  • @Wrzlprmft Seems like it isn't, initially I thought so too :P
    – Panda
    Dec 24, 2016 at 13:35

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No, no hats are manually awarded this year.

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