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Winter Bash 2020 has ended, but I discovered an old Stack Overflow tab from a few days earlier which still had the snowflake hats icon on top. To my surprise, when I clicked it, I still got my list of hats:

screen capture showing Winter Bash hats

I verified that the page was not stale, as I checked my reputation tab from the same page and got back today's data. Also, when I clicked the opt out of hats button, I got an error.

Can someone explain this observations? Is the endpoint for fetching hats metadata still up and running?

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    They should make a hat for clicking on the snowflake tab after Winter Bash has ended. Hat to be awarded at the start of Winter Bash 2021. – Tim Biegeleisen Jan 5 at 12:25
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    @TimBiegeleisen two hats. First one "anticip" awarded at the time you clicked the snowflake and the second one called "pation" at the next Winter Bash. – VLAZ Jan 5 at 13:54
  • I saw the same behaviour - that tab still had my hat on as well. Then I accidentally caused it to refresh... :( – Nick Jan 5 at 22:40
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    How is this a bug? Was there some requirement somewhere that they retire the hat endpoint on a certain schedule? Or that the snowflake be retroactively removed from all browser-cached screens somehow? Frickin' snowflakes want their snowflakes on a schedule now... :) – Heretic Monkey Jan 5 at 23:00
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    Why can't winterbash last forever? BOO HOOO :(((((( – 10 Rep says get vaccinated Jan 5 at 23:06
  • Can you send us the link on the snowflake. Maybe even we can use it. – Shadowcoder Jan 6 at 4:44
  • @Shadowcoder There is no "link." Just find an old tab, at least 3 days old, and then click on the snowflake icon. You might also be able to back navigate some number of times from your current tab to get it back. – Tim Biegeleisen Jan 6 at 4:45
  • Caching? :D Its always caching.... – Journeyman Geek Jan 6 at 6:33
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The WB site is still up and running. All of the display logic of rendering the snowflake menu, hat switcher, adding hats to pics, as well as the jobs related to awarding hats are off.

If you want to keep your tab open for a few months and keep on reloading the snowflake menu, more power to you.

winter bash is done
not however API
some endpoints still work

  • Thanks for this insightful answer, Jake +1. – Tim Biegeleisen Jan 6 at 9:37
  • When will the Winter Bash site be taken down and replaced with a redirect to the SO Contests site page? – Sonic the Curiouser Hedgehog Jan 6 at 9:45
  • @sonic we normally take the old site down as first step in setting up the new site, sometime around October-ish – Yaakov Ellis Jan 6 at 9:48
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    No doubt that tidbit of info, released to Sonic, will find its way in a FAQ edit. – Mari-Lou A Jan 6 at 10:19
  • @Mari-LouA It's not exactly new information. – animuson Jan 6 at 18:59

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