Which Q&A sites in the Stack Exchange network don't participate in Winter Bash?

  • Not Q&A is? SEDE and Area 51? – Peter Mortensen Dec 28 '17 at 12:44
  • I don't consider those as Q&A sites (Area 51 is only Q, but some hats could work), but that's just my personal opinion. – Glorfindel Dec 28 '17 at 12:47

The following Q&A sites don't participate in Winter Bash 2018 or 2017. They can be recognized by not having the snowflake in the top bar, and the fact that they don't appear in the Winter Bash leaderboard.

  • MathOverflow – they have never participated at all since they were migrated to Stack Exchange 2.0 in 2013, according to this Meta post.
  • CS50 - this is in several aspects (e.g. privilege levels) a private beta, and private betas don't participate in Winter Bash.
  • The sites hosted by Stack Overflow for Teams don't participate in order to keep activity there private.

Additionally, the Iota site didn't participate in Winter Bash 2017 since it was still in private beta when Winter Bash 2017 started.

Data from earlier editions of Winter Bash is incomplete/non-existing, but it is known that sites that were in private beta at the time a specific Winter Bash started didn't participate in Winter Bash that year.

  • I'd remove CS50, it's not really part of SE network, just some failed experiment that they still keep anyway. As for the other two, MO mods probably said "no" when asked by SE staff (no public meta post, and all four active mods have no hats on other sites, most likely they personally dislike this), and Iota is likely "too new", and doesn't even have mods yet. – Shadow Dec 28 '17 at 10:23
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    CS50 doesn't show up on the list of sites but it does show up on the list of accounts (if you happen to have one). It is a Q&A site (unlike Area 51), that's why I have included it. – Glorfindel Dec 28 '17 at 12:30
  • OK, fair enough. Found this better, and official, proof of MO not taking part in WB though. :) – Shadow Dec 28 '17 at 15:18
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    Here's the thing I don't understand. MathOverflow has questions like What are some examples of colorful language in serious mathematics papers? but they don't participate in Winter Bash because "some of our esteemed users [...] do not come here for silly fun". Seriously? I really don't understand graduate level math but even I know this doesn't add up. :P – Laurel Dec 12 '18 at 12:15
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    @Laurel because while programmers look for consistency, mathematicians look for proof. – Braiam Dec 12 '18 at 12:40

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