I am trying to find the number of people participating in WB each year. "Participate in WB" means that acquiring at least one hat of that year's WB. Is there any way I can achieve that?


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The number of participants in Winter Bash each year has not been part of the statistics released after every WB. The closest data to what you're looking for is the "distinct users" count.

The "distinct users" number sums the number of users earning each hat available and counts a user only once, even if they earned the hat on multiple sites.

Winter Bash Hats awarded Distinct users
2012 108,924 46,710
2013 214,172 76,586
2014 244,865 84,439
2015 322,747 72,182
2016 797,074 215,960
2017 546,504 173,054
2018 604,043 335,281
2019 265,946 163,865


  • I looked at those blog pages but I didn't see any number related to the total number of users. A user can be a member on multiple sites and earn more than one hat. E.g. I earn a secret hat on one site, but a different one on another site. Does the system still count me as one distinct user or as two distinct users? Jan 2, 2021 at 12:14
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    @Mari-LouA It counts you as one user no matter how many sites you get the same hat on. From the 2019 source I linked: "The "distinct users" number counts a user only once, even if they earned the hat on multiple sites."
    – Panda
    Jan 2, 2021 at 12:16
  • But I can earn different hats on different sites. E.g. I earn "Amazing Grace" on Meta but earn "Where in the World?" on ELL. two different hats on two different sites. I do not mean to say earning the same hat on 20 different sites. Jan 2, 2021 at 12:17
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    @Mari-LouA I've updated my answer to clarify that the stats the OP is looking for is not released as far as I'm aware. Thanks for pointing that out!
    – Panda
    Jan 2, 2021 at 12:24
  • Can you provide the data sources for 2013 and 2012 so that I can cite them?
    – Jason
    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:26
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    @Jason Updated my answer with the sources for 2012 & 2013.
    – Panda
    Jan 3, 2021 at 10:38
  • @Jason I figured that the numbers I used for Winter Bash 2017 onwards were incorrect so I have updated them. Sources for the new numbers are take from Do we have comparative statistics for Winter Bash 2019?.
    – Panda
    Jan 5, 2021 at 14:18

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