Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it.

Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun than the previous Winter Bashes.

  • New suggestions for hats and hat triggers (either regular or secret ones)
  • Which hats should be kept?
  • Which hats should be retired?
  • Do we want more secret hats?
  • Do we want more secret hats that don't get triggered until long after the start of Winter Bash?

Let's keep the traditional format of one suggestion per answer, so people can vote on individual suggestions.

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    As an aside, I would love to hear suggestions from people that have nothing to do with hats. This was the 8th year we've done the same thing with different triggers and to be honest, I turned them off this year because I've gotten kind of bored with the idea. There's got to be something else fun and interesting we can do at the end of the year that isn't just repeating the same thing over and over. Be creative and don't be tied to the idea of "we must do hats again next year" - maybe if we have something really cool we don't have to...
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jan 3 '19 at 18:38
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    @animuson Sweaters.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Jan 3 '19 at 18:47
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    @Catija ugly ones! Something where you can earn 'design elements' for your own ugly sweater? :P
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Jan 3 '19 at 18:50
  • @animuson something I could imagine is some winter adaptation of the “StackEgg” April joke balpha did a few years ago...
    – MEE
    Jan 3 '19 at 21:27
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    A surfboard would be nice to go with the hat.
    – Rich
    Jan 4 '19 at 6:05
  • A competition with who can knit the best sweater on the knitting tool, people place votes, winner gets it made into a real one Jan 4 '19 at 19:09
  • Also, SE memes had surfaced. Looking at you, chicken, rubber ducky and SO unicorn Jan 4 '19 at 19:11
  • Seriously though, that knitting thing had so many people going up and beyond in creativity. I am a proud user. We must do SOMETHING to get people's creativity up and running. Jan 4 '19 at 19:13
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    More colours on the knitting tool. Pleeeeeeeeeeeease it's really hard having a small palette Jan 4 '19 at 19:28
  • @animuson well, each year there are hundreds (thousands?) of new users who never hunted for hats, or did it only once, so they find it very fresh and fun. But agree that for us "old timers", it does get boring. Jan 6 '19 at 9:09
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    @animuson: Can we turn that into a full question in its own right? I think it deserves to be one. It would be much easier to answer a focused question.
    – hat
    Jan 7 '19 at 13:47
  • As mentioned over on this question, it might be nice to spice it up a bit by introducing some badges for participation.
    – Mark M
    Jan 7 '19 at 16:08
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    I don't feel like Winter Bash with things being as they are. Especially with Monica not being reinstated.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 12 '19 at 21:31
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    We have deleted several (sometimes rude/passive aggressive) attempts at dragging current events into an event that's supposed to be all about fun. While we understand everyone's frustration, winter bash suggestions are not the place to fight this fight, and ruin fun for other users. We're locking this question for a while to give it some time to cool down, and hopefully any new suggestions posted after that will be more constructive.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Nov 13 '19 at 10:03
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    @Tinkeringbell Who are we? Dec 5 '19 at 11:42

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Retire Top(bar) hat

The hat can be easily earned by asking a question and then getting a answer.

You can probably earn this hat very quickly so that seems not like a hat that you need more work to earn it.

  • Mmmmh... The hat is awarded for getting some reputation, i.e. being helpful to a community, so why not? In comparison, the Fresh Hat is way less work (simply join a site with association bonus, do nothing on target site, still get the hat)
    – Jenayah
    Feb 7 '19 at 12:41
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    I don't see anything wrong with "easy" hats. In fact, there should be easy hats for a broad participation in the winter bash. Feb 7 '19 at 12:54

Hat to clean up comments: flag and remove the ones we don’t need.

There are so many comments that are no longer needed. Cleaning them up would reduce the noise.

Keep the essential comments.

Flag for removal, then delete the comments that are not needed. Use appropriate flags. Usually, no longer needed is the one that fits.

Stay within your area of expertise.



edit a question, vote to reopen, and get reopened, but if you're a gold-badge holder, reopen 5 duplicate questions.

Name could be changed if you want and also a hat design.



From the hats of Winter Bash 2018 I liked the SO goes Flapper for a concise accepted answer with a concurring long-winded answer very much, and I like to see it again next year.

  • There is one conflict that says "Please, please, please, please don't bring back SO Goes Flapper". Jan 27 '19 at 19:12
  • In meta site there isn't one unique correct answer but some margin of opinion is allowed. So we can have different opinions on the "SO goes Flapper" hat. Jan 27 '19 at 19:52

Hat for launching a beta version of a site during WB

Suprisingly, we don't have hats somehow connected with Area 51. Let's have one:

The Alien Hat

Launch a beta
version of a site

It may seem very hard to get, but during WB a lot of people will be on Area 51 trying to get this hat, so they will join other proposals, too.

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    It has been more than 6 months since the last beta launch there may never be another. Additionally, people who come and push a site through to beta to get a hat are not going to support the site. This is exactly the type of launch Robert has been trying to avoid. Jan 4 '19 at 13:45
  • @JamesJenkins That doesn't mean we can't have this hat. This hat just would be harder to get.
    – Ver Nick
    Jan 4 '19 at 13:52
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    I think you are missing the last point. The goal of Area51 is not to launch sites on a lark, it is launch sites that are sustainable. The Idea of a hat to encourage launching non-sustainable sites is counter to the goals of Area51. Jan 4 '19 at 14:11
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    We do not launch new beta sites during most of the holidays (too many people are not around), so this wouldn't be possible due to that simple fact.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jan 4 '19 at 15:05
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    @VerNick I don't support this idea, since lots of users aren't on Area 51. Jan 6 '19 at 7:12
  • @U9-Forward They will be, if this hat will.
    – Ver Nick
    Jan 6 '19 at 7:37
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    @VerNick I don't even know how to join that site... Jan 6 '19 at 7:38
  • @U9-Forward There is a "sign up" link on the right side of panel.
    – Ver Nick
    Jan 6 '19 at 7:39
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    @VerNick Just done it. Jan 6 '19 at 7:40
  • There's no site you can earn this hat on. Area 51 doesn't have hats, and private betas never participate in Winter Bash.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jan 8 '19 at 13:32
  • @Glorfindel It can be changed.
    – Ver Nick
    Jan 8 '19 at 13:54

Hat for earning a bounty

I like the idea of awarding a hat for earning a bounty. It would encourage good behavior and make WB more interesting.

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    Personally, I've seen questions with a bounty attract horrible answers just because someone wanted the rep. If there's also a hat for it, I'd imagine it would attract more than usual. But don't get me wrong, I'm sure this could attract more good posts too. But proportionally is a separate concern Jan 4 '19 at 8:27

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