My original idea was
Get at least five upvotes and at least five downvotes on the same post.
Due to some great comments pointing out that this could cause bad behaviour, I have decided to both explain my thoughts around the hat, and propose some ways to fix the obvious issues.
My goals for this hat
I wanted to create a hat which would be impossible to earn, and would be triggered by other user's actions.
I thought that a hat around those interesting posts which attract both upvotes and downvotes would be fun. These posts are not always fun to own.
I also wanted to somehow encourage users to ask those questions which they have wanted to ask, but are unsure of how the community will react. I really don't know if this hat would do anything of the kind, but this was part of the thought process.
I have thought quite a bit on the difficulties presented by the comments (by the way, thank you for your input, it was really great).
One way to fix the issue of encouraging bad posts I thought of is to add one little (very big) condition. The post must not be edited by the owner. This strips the user of any method of intentionally getting the needed downvotes and upvotes. I don't really know if this is a good idea or not, and I would like your thoughts on it.
Another change I have thought of is that the hat should be for questions only, the reasons being
- A question can be controversial without being wrong or badly written*
- A question is more likely to get both upvotes and downvotes
*(It is also possible for answers, this one is heading there fast)
I don't want to encourage bad behaviour in any way. I think that this can be avoided, and the general idea can be made to work. In order to make it work, I would really appreciate constructive input, so please comment if you want.
A possible version of it (version 2.3.1)
Ask a question on a per-site meta, which receives at least five upvotes and at least five downvotes. It cannot be edited by the owner
(Maybe on Meta Stack Exchange too)