Not a long time ago, there was an idea to create the "Reinstate Monica" hat. I've put that into action. After an hour of photoshopping, I got the result.

And I posted it, with the title "Reinstate Monica hat", and nothing more.

This was not:

  • commentary on the question or other answers

  • asking another, different question

  • “thanks!” or “me too!” responses

  • exact duplicates of other answers

  • barely more than a link to an external site

  • not even a partial answer to the actual question

It wasn't. Although, later in the day, it was deleted by moderator Tinkeringbell.

No comments. No suggestions. No reasons.


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    If you're asking a question here, can you make it explicit? As of now, this looks like a rant, which doesn't really support discussion. – scohe001 Nov 13 '19 at 22:37
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    Did you miss where that moderator also locked the post and explained why they did both things? See this comment. – Rubiksmoose Nov 13 '19 at 22:39
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    No comments, no suggestions, no reasons,... and no sense of humor – Scott Seidman Nov 13 '19 at 22:47
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    And my answer (112 upvotes)? That too was deleted. Along with several other answer-hats. – Mari-Lou A Nov 13 '19 at 22:48
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    I have now changed my username to include Reinstate Monica and I changed my profile image to use your hat. Thank you! And ironically, the deletion of other answers now puts an actual genuine original pre-crisis Monica answer at the top of the list. In any case, I currently plan to skip any StackExchange-offered hats this year as my Reinstate Monica hat will do just fine. Unless Monica is reinstated, of course. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Nov 13 '19 at 22:53
  • @manassehkatz-ReinstateMonica Haha thanks :) – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 8:17
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    @Rubiksmoose Yeah, I missed this part. But he did it only after I posted my answer, so it seems he's not interested in reinstating Monica. – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 8:21
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    As the original poster of the question, I am not very happy with the censoring policy in this case. There was a really rude suggestion (not in the ones mentioned by the OP or @Mari-LouA) but even in this case I think it is better to argue that it is bad advised (I did this in the comments) and to downvote. – jk - Reinstate Monica Nov 14 '19 at 9:29
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    @Scott Seidman: Well, we hate fun. – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Nov 14 '19 at 17:32
  • Feel free to not participate (lol) – Kevin B Nov 14 '19 at 17:41
  • @VerNicksaysReinstateMonica can you make one that says GoFundMonica? – De Novo Nov 14 '19 at 19:39
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    @DeNovosupportsGoFundMonica Yeah, will be ready in 10-20 minutes – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 19:43
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    @DeNovosupportsGoFundMonica Here you go – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 20:04
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    I just gimped my avatar to wear that hat in a winterbash style. – jk - Reinstate Monica Nov 14 '19 at 20:27
  • @jknappen-ReinstateMonica Nice :) – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 20:28

Tinkeringbell already explained why in a comment under the question which they also locked:

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 ↵♦ 12 hours ago

When a moderator locks a post they almost always leave some kind of reason why. Often they do this when many answers have to be removed as well. In the future, it would probably be a helpful first step to check under the question for comments that might explain things.

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    "While we understand everyone's frustration, winter bash suggestions are not the place to fight this fight, and ruin fun for other users." — yeah, we ruin fun for other users, who don't have fun here at all. – Ver Nick Nov 14 '19 at 8:23
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    Being denied my meh! cap ruined the fun for me. – Stop harming Monica Nov 14 '19 at 10:14

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