The Still Fresh hat has the following trigger:

be a user on the site for less than 6 months before Winter Bash, or join during Winter Bash; have earned at least 25 reputation

Suppose I have an old account on a Stack Exchange site, so I don't qualify for this hat. Since the association bonus counts towards the reputation requirement, can I delete and recreate the account to obtain the hat?

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    Considering this was a question I asked balpha when I saw the hats list... I think it's a worthy question. There are certainly a few very avid users who've gone to the trouble of creating profiles on every site and who might not otherwise have a way to achieve this hat. :)
    – Catija
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:45
  • ... but can you merge a second account to get the hat? I wonder. Dec 18, 2018 at 6:52
  • @AlexanderO'Mara it seems to be 'no': meta.stackexchange.com/a/289059/295232
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:57

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Yes, this works. I've deleted the Stack Overflow account of my sockpuppet:

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and recreated the account a few minutes later. It now has one badge less, but it does have the Still Fresh hat:

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Whether this should work is another matter, but it's probably (too) hard for the SQL query to take this into account.

  • I did exactly that with my Ethereum account, to test.
    – Mithical
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:31
  • @Mithrandir ... "test"?
    – Catija
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:46
  • @Catija - Since you suggested it, I decided to test that it would actually work. I had been skeptical.
    – Mithical
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:47
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    And they say the diamond makes people believe what you say... LIES! ;)
    – Catija
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:48
  • I wonder if this will work for the "Member of the Hand" hat (+3 post as new contributor, meta or main)
    – Panda
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:54
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    Are you having a midlife crisis??? Do you want to stay young and fresh? :D ;-) +1
    – Fabby
    Dec 18, 2018 at 8:24

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