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Winter Bash 2020 has started and the hats (and masks) are listed below.

As always, there are only two answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. The secret hat list will be updated as we learn them.

Please, only edit the secret hat answer with definitive and correct triggers. This is not the place to post guesses. Winter Bash is a fun event, so secret hat triggers should be put behind spoilers (use the >! markup) in order to not to spoil the fun for those users who want to discover the triggers themselves.

If you'd like to discuss Winter Bash, hats or just have a question about it please come over to the Winter Bash 2020 chatroom.

Please keep the comments here clean. As always, comments are not meant for discussion, conversation, "I just got hat X", etc. use the chatroom for that (comments may be cleaned up without further notice).

Here are the hats from previous years:

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  • Is there a discussion somewhere that explains the hats? I.e. explains what cultural reference their name/image is based on? I have to admit that I don’t get very many of them. – Konrad Rudolph Dec 17 '20 at 13:23
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    @KonradRudolph That's something we've done in the past - I think I actually compiled it for the... 2015 WB when I was just a user... it was a lot of fun. (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/270788/…) – Catija ModStaff Dec 17 '20 at 14:07
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    @KonradRudolph here you go – Glorfindel Mod Dec 17 '20 at 14:22
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Secret hats for Winter Bash 2020

Note: please do not edit in a trigger unless it is confirmed by an employee to be correct.


Vexillologist

Vexillologist

  1. Raise a helpful flag.

  2. (not figured out yet)

Note: There was a bug in the hat trigger that resulted in the hat being erroneously awarded to users. All hats awarded prior to 2020-12-16 21:37 (UTC) were revoked and re-awarded only to users who actually qualified for it. See here and here.


Samovar

Samovar

Self-answer your question and get 2 or more upvotes, where the question also gets 2 or more upvotes; doesn't work on per-site-metas.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here)


Quarantine Hair

Quarantine Hair

Wear a hat on any site.

It is necessary to actually visit the site and manually apply the hat, you can not simply choose to apply one hat on all sites and be awarded this hat on every site.


Take This!

Take This!

Take the tour and get the Informed badge.


Propel Thyself

Propel Thyself

Get three other secret hats on one site.


Cordovan

Cordovan

Post a comment on a question that, within a day, gets edited by the OP. Tag-only edits do not count.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here and here).


Balalaika

Balalaika

(not figured out yet)

Note: There was a bug in the hat trigger that resulted in the hat being erroneously awarded to users early. All hats awarded prior to 2020-12-17 21:04 (UTC) were revoked and re-awarded only to users who actually qualified for it. See here and here.


Disciple

Disciple

Follow 8 posts.

Note: There was a bug in the hat trigger that resulted in the hat having the same trigger as Balalaika. The trigger was changed. All hats awarded prior to 2020-12-17 21:04 (UTC) were revoked and re-awarded only to users who actually qualified for it. See here and here.


Warm Welcome

Warm Welcome

Upvote any user's first post.


Mariachi

Mariachi

Post a chat message that gets 3 stars.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here)


Movin' on Up

Movin' on Up

Post an answer that gets accepted but has fewer votes than the other answers. Both the question and the accepted answer need to have a positive score.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here and here)


Give a Leg Up

Give a Leg Up

Ask a question that is answered by a new contributor (their first post). The Q and the A must both have a positive score.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here)


This is Fine

This is Fine

Answer a bountied question but don't receive the bounty, and have a positive score when the calculation script is run. Answer must be posted during the bounty period but not necessarily during Winter Bash. If you answer your own question, have a positive score, and offer the bounty you win this hat when you award the bounty.

(Implicitly confirmed by Catija here)


Cruse of Oil

Cruse of Oil

Ask, answer, or vote on December 18th.

(Confirmed in principle by Yaakov Ellis here)


Eliza Doolots

Eliza Doolots

Earn 2021 rep across the network, excluding association bonus. Hat is awarded on sites where you earn 200+ rep.


Carnaval

Carnaval

Edit for six days. Note that tag edits will not count.

(Confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here and here)


Defender of the Unicorn

Defender of the Unicorn

  1. Manually awarded to users who exposed weaknesses in the Hat Dash game. These users are listed under the White Hat Hall of Fame. See this post for more information.

  2. Answer 10 questions correctly at https://winterbash2020.stackexchange.com/unicorn. See this post for more information.

  3. Also manually awarded to balpha.

Note: This hat was created by Yaakov Ellis during Winter Bash.


Right to run fast and jump for joy

Not a hat per se, but the trigger for this is not disclosed. You need to have earned this "right" (and be logged into the Winter Bash site) to be able to access the "game" on that site. That you've gained the "right" is announced in the Winter Bash drop-down menu on the top bar, just as earning any other hat.

This privilege is earned by wearing the Social Distancing hat.

(Implicitly confirmed by Yaakov Ellis here)


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    I already got two of these, what the heck? – Don Thousand Dec 16 '20 at 0:54
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    @DonThousand being secret doesn't mean it's hard to get. Sometimes it's easy but the challenge is figuring out what the trigger was. 😁 – Catija ModStaff Dec 16 '20 at 1:05
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    Also, to be completely honest, some hats are secret because we like the triggers but want to minimize the number of people doing those actions. – Catija ModStaff Dec 16 '20 at 1:47
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    The trigger for Vexillologist seems to be incorrect. I got in on SO without doing what this answer mentions. – CinCout Dec 16 '20 at 3:52
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    I've got Vexillologist. I think because I've set a flag on somebody's question – demonplus Dec 16 '20 at 5:32
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    Take This is associated to earning a new badge, not to the association bonus (and not to rep. change). – Tom Solid Dec 16 '20 at 8:04
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    You have to wear a social distancing hat to earn the right to play Hat Dash. – Snow Dec 16 '20 at 10:46
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    The balalaika and the Desciple badge are related to comments. Most likely having an upvoted comment – Luuklag Dec 16 '20 at 10:57
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    I wonder if balalaika is related to a number of comments on a post. I just got it after posting 5 comments on the same thread – DavidG Dec 16 '20 at 14:47
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    To get Movin' on Up, according to what I saw you need to answer a question and your answer should be marked as correct but it should have less votes compared to another answer. Example stackoverflow.com/users/12416453/ch3ster (answer with 3 upvotes & marked as correct but other answerer has 6 upvotes) – Peter Haddad Dec 16 '20 at 23:47
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    I just got the curse of oil, but I have no idea how. After someone added the curse of oil to the answer here. I saw where they gained it, created an account in that stackexchange site to check how they got it, then went back to stackoverflow and got it there. It has nothing to do with answering or asking so not really sure – Peter Haddad Dec 17 '20 at 10:28
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    I also earned the Cruse of oil for upvoting an older question (posted Nov 5), so it seems it does not have to be a new question. – THelper Dec 17 '20 at 11:17
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    Since Cruse of Oil lasted for eight days, maybe "vote within 8 days until christmas"? From 17th to 24th December at midnight. I earned it by upvoting no matter if it was a question or an answer, doesn't matter the votes it had, and I did that too yesterday but didn't earn the hat - that is why I think it is "8 days until christmas". – Rafael Tavares Dec 17 '20 at 11:45
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    @RafaelTavares 18 December is the last day of Hanukkah. (And yes, it's already 18 December in some parts of the world) – Glorfindel Mod Dec 17 '20 at 12:27
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    Vexillology - study of flags, and I got one after raising a helpful flag. – Calculuswhiz Dec 17 '20 at 13:12
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Regular hats for Winter Bash 2020

Social Distancing (Main)

Social Distancing (Main)

Visit any question page on any main site (including Meta Stack Exchange). Visits through the mobile apps, and visits to tag pages (e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/c%23) and review queues count as well.


Social Distancing (Meta)

Social Distancing (Meta)

Visit any question page on any meta site (including Meta Stack Exchange). Visits through the mobile apps, and visits to tag pages (e.g. https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/discussion) and review queues count as well.


TikTop

TikTop

Ask a question that gets answered fast.
Ask a question that gets an answer in under 5 minutes. Both the question and answer must have a positive score.


Soapbox

Soapbox

Start a meta discussion.
Ask a question with the tag on a meta site that gets a score of 2 or more and receives 2 or more answers.


Edward

Edward

Ask a positively-received question on five different days (get the Curious badge).
Each day during a 5-day period, ask a positively scored question and have no negatively scored, closed or deleted questions.


Hanafuda

Hanafuda

5 posts with a positive score.
Post 5 questions or answers during Winter Bash that receive a positive score.


Backlog

Backlog

Answer an old question with no answers. Answer a question from 2019 or earlier that does not have any answers. Both question and answer must have a positive score.

Note: Question cannot have any deleted answers.


Snaphat

Snaphat

Answer in 30 minutes, +3 and accepted.
Answer within 30 minutes of the question being asked. Answer must have a score of 3 or more, and the question asker must accept it.


Rep Hunter

Rep Hunter

10 answers in 1 day with positive score.
Post 10 answers on the same day. All answers must have a positive score.


Kitsune

Kitsune

Vote to reopen and answer a question.
Vote to reopen a question, and answer it when it gets reopened. Both actions must occur during Winter Bash.


I Wish to Subscribe

I Wish to Subscribe

Upvote 3 feature requests on MSE.
Upvote 3 questions with the tag on Meta Stack Exchange.


Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël

Ask, answer, or vote on December 25th.
Ask, answer, or vote ±12h from Dec 25, 0:00 UTC

Note: Doesn't award hats for activity on per-child metas or Stack Overflow Teams.


Where in the World?

Where in the World?

Post or vote on Dec 21.
Ask, answer, or vote ±12h from Dec 21, 0:00 UTC. This hat comes in two versions, but you can only get one.


Where in the World?

Where in the World?

Post or vote on Dec 21.
Ask, answer, or vote ±12h from Dec 21, 0:00 UTC. This hat comes in two versions, but you can only get one.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Chat on Jan 1.
Post a message in chat ±12h from Jan 1, 0:00 UTC. Message must be starred.


Milliner

Milliner

Collect 11 hats.
Collect 11 hats on a specific site.


Bouncer

Bouncer

3 successful close vote reviews.
Make 3 reviews in the close votes queue that ultimately get handled the way you recommended, and at least one other reviewer took the same action as you.


Doorman

Doorman

3 successful reopen vote reviews.
Make 3 reviews in the reopen votes queue that ultimately get handled the way you recommended, and if voting to Leave Closed at least one other reviewer took the same action as you.


Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

3 successful suggested edit reviews.
Make 3 reviews in the suggested edits queue that ultimately get handled the way you recommended.

Note: Reviewing directly from the post page also counts.


Wa-boushi

Wa-boushi

Earn the Guru badge.
Post an answer that gets accepted and has a score of 40 or more (earn the Guru badge).


Carmen

Carmen

Suggested edit approved.
Suggest one or more edits that get approved during Winter Bash. Tag Wiki excerpts count, which is helpful for some privileged users.


Gimme Space

Gimme Space

Join new community.
Join a Stack Exchange community that you have never participated in.


Flashlight

Flashlight

Try Dark Mode.
Have Dark Mode enabled and visit a page on Stack Overflow in English, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.


Comin' Up Roses

Comin' Up Roses

Ask a +5 question with 5 answers.
Ask a question with a score of 5 and above that receives at least 5 answers. All answers must have a positive score.


Matryoshka

Matryoshka

10 successful close or reopen votes.
Vote to close or reopen 10 questions that ultimately get closed or reopened


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    Meta Stack Exchange counts as both a main site and a meta site for the purposes of the "Social Distancing" hats, so visiting a question there will earn you both hats. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Dec 16 '20 at 0:12
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    How are you meant to earn the Carmen hat if you have already pass the "suggested edit" rep threshold? – user692942 Dec 16 '20 at 2:59
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    @Lankymart Suggest some tag edits – Xnero Dec 16 '20 at 7:37
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    @Lankymart join a site where you don't have the privilege. – Braiam Dec 16 '20 at 13:23
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    @Lankymart - Who says everyone is "meant to" earn every hat? – T.E.D. Dec 16 '20 at 16:00
  • Warning: Apparently, for the "Backlog" hat, the question needs to be at least one year old – BelovedFool Dec 17 '20 at 9:12
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    Is it just me, or does the "Social Distancing" one look like a diaper to anyone else? I know it's supposed to be a surgical style mask, but it kind of looks like a full diaper instead. Lol. – computercarguy Dec 17 '20 at 18:14
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    @computercarguy Definitively not just you x) – BelovedFool Dec 17 '20 at 19:32
  • Does Flashlight actually work? I switched to Dark Mode on Stack Overflow, but no hat... – JW8 Dec 18 '20 at 1:23
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    @JW8, yes, it does. My very first hat this year was Flashlight. – computercarguy Dec 18 '20 at 16:36
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    @computercarguy, so do the masks in real life, especially when you find them littering the streets. – Willeke Dec 18 '20 at 18:36
  • @computercarguy, by my read of the Flashlight requirements, I should be able to turn Dark Mode on in settings, and get the hat by visitnig any page. Does that match your experience? (Still no hat...) – JW8 Dec 18 '20 at 23:12
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    @JW8, I already had dark mode turned on, probably from as soon as it was available, so as soon as I got onto SE/SO I got that hat instantly and without having to do anything else. Sorry I can't be of help there. – computercarguy Dec 18 '20 at 23:15
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    @Willeke There was a bug in the trigger that awarded both hats (sun and moon), which was fixed. So you'd see both of them awarded, reverted, and then the right one awarded. – Mureinik Dec 20 '20 at 12:28
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    @BelovedFool - I have answers in on two old posts, one 3 months, the other 15 months. No Backlog hat yet, though I did get the badge for the 3 month as it received its first upvote. At the moment I can only guess the older one also needs a + vote for the hat. (I thought it was a darn good answer too ;) – Tetsujin Dec 20 '20 at 18:00

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