Winter Bash 2020 is over, so keeping the ritual on with the recurring question for the next year's Winter Bash.

Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2021 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?
  • Any new game like knitting or dash?

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

I know last year's suggestion didn't go well but we can still keep the tradition.

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    One of the complaints on my post then was that I had posted it too early, on January 1. I'd delete this for now and undelete it once Winter Bash ends on the 4th. Dec 30 '20 at 9:06
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog but mostly backlash was for other reasons like code of conduct, resignations etc Dec 30 '20 at 9:28
  • I am not sure, whether there will be another questions with the (winter-bash-2021) tag until it starts. Perhaps it would be reasonable to create the tag-wiki, so that the tag is not automatically removed after 6 months.
    – Martin
    Jan 3 at 21:30
  • Aw! It finally ended! rip Jan 5 at 1:01
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    Masks. Just masks. I made a good amount. Jan 9 at 9:16
  • Tell us the secret hats. Better yet, tell me the secret hats in a gallery chat room.
    – Anonymous
    Apr 5 at 0:25

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At the risk of repeating myself, I'd love to see an "export option" for Winter Bash.

To quote the FAQ:

What happens after January 4th?
After January 4th, the sites go back to normal and all hats disappear. This is meant to be a fun end-of-year celebration, not a permanent addition to the site.

This makes sense to me, but it would be cool to get some "souvenir" from Winter Bash. Right now I take a screenshot of my hat gallery every year, but it would be cool if there was a built-in option to do that.

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    What would you like to be exportable?
    – Yaakov Ellis StaffMod
    Dec 30 '20 at 11:03
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    @YaakovEllis The idea is to have some "souvenir" from Winter Bash. Ideally, keeping the old WB sites up in "read-only" (i.e., can't earn new hats or wear hats) would be awesome. A close second best would be to be able to export the hat gallery (or whatever you call the screen you get when you click on the hat icon in the user profile) to some local backup
    – Mureinik
    Dec 30 '20 at 14:19
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    @YaakovEllis ideally a way to view every single hat you've earned over the years Jan 6 at 1:27
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    It sounds like you want a "hat rack" added to your permanent profile?
    – hazzey
    Jan 6 at 19:06
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    @hazzey yes please!
    – Mureinik
    Jan 6 at 19:51

Backlog is a great new hat

Over on Law.SE, it resulted in people (including me) digging through old unanswered questions looking for interesting ones to answer. It was fun to see questions you'd never expect to get answers due to their age receiving them due to hats. I ended up writing about Minnesota trailer law, and the "New Answers to Old Questions" tool was filled with great answers from hat chasers.

I'd love to see this hat make a return, but with one change: don't count deleted answers, since most users have no way of telling whether a given question has a deleted answer.

  • Exactly.
    – Ollie
    Jan 8 at 23:58
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    I agree that the concept for the hat is fantastic and should definitely be retained, including with the caveat you mentioned. If possible, I'd also like to see the design of the hat itself refreshed. The post-it note doesn't fit all that well on most avatars, which I believe discouraged people (including myself) from wearing it.
    – Cody Gray
    Jan 9 at 9:51

My favorite new addition this winter bash is:

Defender of the Unicorn Q&A.

Which gave people a chance to answer some fun questions to earn a cute hat. I wish it stayed in some form in the coming years too.

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    I know it probably won't happen because one of the reasons for Winter Bash is to drive activity on the sites, but I wouldn't mind if next year hats were awarded only for finding existing things :D
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Dec 30 '20 at 10:02

How about a hat that only one user (per site) can have at any given time? So to get the hat, you'd have to steal it from the user who currently holds it by beating them at something like... getting the most downvotes on an answer? :P. I mean I'm not sure what we should be competing at but the basic idea will definitely make the winter bash more interesting.

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    Perhaps something off-site (like this year's hat dash game) is the best way of adding a competitive element like that. That way, there's no risk the competitiveness will leave lasting marks on the site itself :)
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Dec 30 '20 at 10:24
  • @Tinkeringbell Good point
    – nobody
    Dec 30 '20 at 10:25

I think the I Wish to Subscribe hat is a bit unneeded, it is for upvoting three , but I think that hat isn't helpful for anything. It is not a hard hat, just upvote some questions, but I think that most hat hunters just do it so they can get the hat, not for really reviewing the question.

I don't think it is a useful hat...

I also think maybe next year we can have even more hats, maybe even more secret hats, so we can have more fun trying to get hats and discovering secret hats.

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    That hat doesn't even fit on my avatar... Dec 30 '20 at 9:15
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    @mindstormsboi Yeah lol I never even try wearing that hat Dec 30 '20 at 9:15
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    @mindstormsboi valid complaint:D Dec 30 '20 at 9:27

Any new game like knitting or dash?

I really enjoyed the knitting in 2018 & 2019 and was fascinated by all the beautiful and creative knittings of the community members.

That being said, I wouldn't mind if knitting becomes a permanent, reoccurring feature (in addition to new games like dash, etc.) during the Winter Bashes in future years ;)


No more hats that require others to upvote your posts

As clarified in the answer to Can I ask others users to upvote something in order to gain a Winter Bash hat?, StackExchange doesn't want people to ask others to upvote their posts in order to gain a hat. Hence I would like to request SE to avoid such hats in the future to avoid giving people a set of perverse incentives. Yes, yes, I know - hats are imaginary and you shouldn't go too far to collect them, but that's what happens when you create a competition.

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    It's not a competition.
    – Xnero
    Jan 5 at 14:18
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    @Xnero then why is there a leaderboard? Jan 6 at 0:54
  • For fun. I think you need to stop thinking that hats for upvotes must mean that I need to ask for them.
    – Xnero
    Jan 6 at 0:56
  • @Xnero if there's a leaderboard, it automatically turns into a competition. It's like saying that the Olympic gold medal leaderboard shouldn't matter - maybe it shouldn't, but it matters to people. Jan 6 at 1:19
  • But you wouldn't cheat at the Olympics, would you?
    – Xnero
    Jan 6 at 9:43
  • Which is not allowed, doesn't mean the games are cancelled.
    – Xnero
    Jan 6 at 19:08
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    @Xnero unlike the Olympics, StackExchange could get rid of the issue of "cheating" by simply avoiding hats that require votes. Jan 6 at 19:11

Some sort of accessibility hat.

There are large numbers of images uploaded to SE sites without alt-text. These can be problematic for browsers for the visually impaired.

So. How about a hat for performing or suggesting an edit that puts a real image description in place of the default text "Enter image description here" when an image is uploaded.

Just the existence of such a hat may persuade people to add a description when uploading.


Credit for idea goes to @Derpy:

We should have a special Hat Developer Hat which the users should decide the trigger for

I'm not sure how we'll keep the trigger secret, but it's definitely something I want next time.


If the pandemic continues, then Social Distancing hats will still be available.

However, what I want is for every seperate site on the network, their masks will include their logos.

So if in Stack Overflow (Main), instead of just:


we can also have:

New Mask

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    Hope this pandemic ends lol :-) Dec 30 '20 at 11:51
  • @U11-Forward This is a "What If..." answer, if Social Distancing hats were still coming in 2021.. Dec 30 '20 at 11:54
  • Yeah I know :-) Dec 30 '20 at 11:55
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    ... I mean... that requires us to create over 300 different masks for the entire network combined. We just... can't do that. We've never created more than about 50.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Jan 3 at 21:37
  • @Catija Well, its a suggestion, so its more likely an optional thing. It doesn't have to happen, but I will make an album of masks, as it is already an answer here though only a few masks right now. Jan 3 at 22:01

Rep Hunter is quite a repetitive hat but 10 answers in 1 day with positive score seems a lot.

It should be changed to multiple days at-least.

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    I actually think that this hat may be counter-productive. Most questions have already been answered. It’s almost impossible to find 10 questions you can answer in a single day (and still very hard in a single week) that aren’t duplicates of some older question. We should avoid content fragmentation. Dec 30 '20 at 20:28
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    Yup, a "successful flagging 10 questions as duplicates" hat would surely be more useful. Of course, it should be a secret hat; known hats have the tendency to induce unwanted behavior.
    – Mr. T
    Jan 5 at 16:19

Wow Winter Bash ended, the whole event is so short... a blink of an eye and it's over...

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a much longer bash, like 3 or 4 months.

Maybe from December throughout February...

And have a lot of hats! like 100. And also have 30% of them secret, so we have to really discuss the possible triggers.

It would be a long Winter Bash which would be really fun :-)

If we don't have a longer bash, wouldn't it be nice if we have a Summer Bash as well?


Any new game like knitting or dash?

How about a game where you design a gingerbread house?

Or, if you want to stick to fiber arts, maybe swap crochet, cross stitch, or embroidery for knitting.

Or keep knitting but add different types of stitches: purls, cables, bobbles, etc.


I really enjoyed Winter Bash 2020. It was very fun and well done this year.

But boy oh boy it would've been nice to wear a mask and a celestial body at the same time. With all these great and wonderful hats, why limit us to just wearing one at a time? I know it's possible to edit your profile picture to have the appearance of wearing multiple hats simultaneously, but that's much more time-consuming and difficult to do than if it was built into the UI, and it's not supposed to be hard to wear a sword and arms at the same time, is it?

TL;DR I think there should be some simple way to wear multiple hats at one time during Winter Bash.


Wouldn't it be nice to be able to earn the Wa-Boushi hat from per-site-metas?

As mentioned by @Yaakov here, he says that it is impossible to earn the Wa-Boushi hat on per-site-metas.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could?


Most of the hats aren't able to be received on per-site-metas, I just brought up the Wa-Boushi hat for an example, but it would be nice if all hats are possible to be awarded on per-site-metas.

thanks Cody Gray for reminding me in the comments

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    Why limit it to the Wa-Boushi hat? Make posts on per-site Metas count for all hats!
    – Cody Gray
    Jan 9 at 9:49
  • @CodyGray That's true, forgot about that! edited mine Jan 9 at 9:53

Wouldn't it be nice if we had more hats for answers with x amount of upvotes? Like Wa-Boushi, just the answer should be posted during Winter Bash.

So maybe something like a hat for:

Answering a question during WB and get 10 upvotes on your answer.

I think it would be too much for luck if it's for an answer you did before Winter Bash. Like this year, we have Wa-Boushi, which is for answer votes, but if you made an answer before WB that's accepted and has 39 upvotes, if you get your 40th you will get the hat. But if we make a hat with the trigger as I mentioned in the beginning, you wouldn't get the hat if you had an answer before WB that already had some upvotes.


Wouldn't it be nice if we had a daily task, and doing it continuously for some days would earn you a hat.

It would be better if you were awarded an honorary hat at the end of the Winter Bash if you finished all the daily tasks from the start until the very end.

I suggest that the tasks be simple (but not too simple) so that there is maximum participation and it encourages more people to come to SE (and SO) everyday.


Maybe add some swag...?

Perhaps as an added incentive to have more people participate on SO during the winter bash, there could be some free SO/SE swag for the top 10 or 100 users on each site. (such as what SE is doing with the people who have enough rep, except that it could be actual winter bash hats (or masks depending on whether or not pandemic is over) that are the rewards.


Better quality assurance.

I found I quite annoying to get some secret hats, only to see them retracted with the next visit to the site. This caused me to drop out of this winter bash.


Create a hat for participants that post Questions with Bounties during Winterbash. Perhaps call it the pay-it-forward hat.


Create a Polyglot hat, for folks posting in more than 1 language site.

New suggestions for hats

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    not a good idea IMO. first of all I heard that SE doesn't support all languages and it's the same thing for the other stack overflow communities, i.e. they have Russian SO but if they didn't I wouldn't be able to get this hat. also, hats shouldn't be too site-specific, because at the moment I don't need to learn any languages and I don't program. and besides that, maybe a programmer that knows Russian would rather get his answers from English speakers? Jan 11 at 9:29

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