moon sun

There are two different versions of the hat "Where in the World?", which, according to the list of hat-triggers, is awarded

[f]or participating on a site, when it's December 21 (the December solstice) anywhere in the World. (This hat comes in two forms, but you can only get one.)

What would've happened if on December 21, I had had two accounts, say one on Stack Overflow and one on Super User, using different usernames and e-mail addresses, and had gotten different versions of the hat on each, and then had requested to merge my accounts?

Would the hats have been merged as well, giving me both versions to wear?


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No. A merge always has a direction, one account is deleted and the other gains stuff from the first.

The choice of which version of "Where in the world" gets awarded is based on the account Id.

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    So if the deleted account had the moon and the retained account had none but would've gotten the sun, after the merge it would have the sun?
    – SQB
    Dec 30, 2016 at 14:16
  • based on the account Id, you mean the highest/lowest? Dec 30, 2016 at 14:25
  • based on the surviving account.
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 30, 2016 at 14:36
  • @SQB I guess that puts a related question. Is the hat type assigned at the time the hat is earned or even before that, when the account is recognised as participating in the Winter Bash? (Not that it should matter much, it's only implementation) Dec 30, 2016 at 14:39
  • @ghosts_in_the_code going off of other answers which state something like "the state of the hat is unknown until it is checked", it's assigned when earned. I may be wrong though.
    – user311528
    Dec 30, 2016 at 14:54
  • If the deleted account has additional hats (not just a different hat variant) will these be gained by the "kept" account? Dec 30, 2016 at 17:09
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    @MartinSmith When accounts are merged, are hats also? Dec 30, 2016 at 17:22
  • @SevenSidedDie - that's why I'm asking. The answer there references this one. Dec 30, 2016 at 17:23
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    @MartinSmith Sure. But comments don't work for asking nor answering new questions, so asking here isn't really helpful. Maybe put a bounty on that question. :) Dec 30, 2016 at 17:25

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