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The description for the "SO Goes Flapper" hat says:

post an answer with fewer than 600 characters that gets accepted while there is a competing answer with more than 600 characters

But, it feels like there are some unspecified pre-conditions for this hat to trigger:

  • is there a restriction that the existing answer with more than 600 characters has to be from a different user?
  • could the author of the question be the same user as well?
  • does the question or/and the competing answer have to be posted during WB?
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    There's definitely some other restriction on it not related to multiple posts by the same user, else I would have gotten it here. – Alexander O'Mara Dec 17 '18 at 21:12
  • @AlexanderO'Mara could it be the timing - there needs to exist a long answer at the moment one posts a short one? – alecxe Dec 17 '18 at 21:22
  • I don't think so. My answer was the last one posted. – Alexander O'Mara Dec 17 '18 at 21:22
  • @AlexanderO'Mara right, I've also had no luck here: stackoverflow.com/a/53807035/771848 even though fits the description of the hat. Updated the question to be a bit more generic. – alecxe Dec 17 '18 at 23:00
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    @AlexanderO'Mara You do deserve the hat. See the bottom of my answer. – balpha Dec 19 '18 at 10:25
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is there a restriction that the existing answer with more than 600 characters has to be from a different user?

Yes, this falls under "Sometimes your own things don't count" in Why didn't (or did) I or some other user get a hat although the requirements were (or weren't) fulfilled?

could the author of the question be the same user as well?

No, same rule.

does the question or/and the competing answer have to be posted during WB?

No, just the accepted answer.


That said, there was one bug with the implementation. Per the implicit requirements, both answers need a score of at least 1, but the hat was only awarded if both answers had a score of at least 2.

This is fixed now.

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