Time is hard, part 2
In an early Winterbash there was a hat for chatting at the turn of the year UTC, +/- something like 5-10 minutes. That left people in some time zones out, unless they got up in the middle of their night (which at least one person did), and so in future years the time ranges on time-based hats were broadened. This is why you could earn the "visit on the solstice" hat over about a 36-hour span -- when it was solstice anywhere in the world plus a buffer.
That's the background. This year when I saw "Like Clockwork" show up I thought "hey, that's a cool-looking hat that I'd like to wear". And I figured from the name that it had to do with consistent activity. There are several sites that I'm active on on a daily basis, so I figured whatever the trigger was, I would probably bump into it.
But I didn't, because the hat had a time-constrained requirement on nine consecutive days. As someone who observes Shabbat, that meant I couldn't satisfy the trigger one day a week. So that was a bummer.
Shabbat-observant users are a very small proportion of the Stack Exchange community, of course, but it would be great if all hats were theoretically available to those who want to put in the effort. If the range on this hat had been six days instead of nine days, the hat would have been harder for the Shabbat-observant to get, but not impossible. ("First Responder" was harder for many of us too because of being on Saturday; that's fine.) Or if a visit at any time in the day would have counted, then it would have been possible in most -- but not all -- time zones. (It's possible to earn Fanatic on Mi Yodeya without violating Jewish law, but you have to choose your dates carefully.)
Again, I recognize that this is a specialized constraint, and -- dare I say it -- it's only a hat. But I humbly request that, for hats that require participation on Saturdays, we try to be flexible.