The Defender of the Unicorn hat is a very special hat, since it has two triggers:

Since Winter Bash 2021 came to an end, who, or at least how many users, got both triggers?

  • User Dharman got both triggers, see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/374461/….
    – Marijn
    Jan 5, 2022 at 15:20
  • I did, you did too :) Jan 5, 2022 at 23:55
  • Hi! In response to this: I'm sorry, but putting an email in my profile is something I don't want to do right now. Perhaps later, but the present, no. :( See also my reponse to U12
    – user1136431
    Mar 27, 2022 at 0:51
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    np @richardec , you can find mine somewhere in the transcript
    – Vickel
    Mar 27, 2022 at 1:20

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If a user was manually awarded the hat for posting something on meta that was and then successfully completed the quiz, we don't actually record anything (since the reward for successful completion is getting the hat, and they already have it). So I don't have any way to accurately answer this, other than to say that it is more than 0, and fewer than the number of posts tagged with or that were posted during WB this year.

  • I got the hat but don't recall doing a quiz. Are you, or anyone else, able to explain what / where it was, please? I'm a noob and don't fully understand SE jargon / colloquialisms.
    – Rick
    Jan 7, 2022 at 9:05
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    This question gave you the hat @Rick. A post related to Winter Bash that received [status-complete] tag. Jan 7, 2022 at 12:36
  • @RafaelTavares Ahh, it's either / or! I get it now :)
    – Rick
    Jan 7, 2022 at 12:41
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    Thanks a lot @Yaakov, for taking time to look into this Q. I was hoping you had a query. Thanks for all your support, and also thanks to your team, WB2021 was great fun again!
    – Vickel
    Jan 7, 2022 at 16:00

My understanding is that regular users have no information about how hats are earned, just that they were earned. Someone from the development team may be able to tell you stats on how many people earned the hat via route 1 versus via route 2, but I'm not sure if it's worth their valuable time which could be spent on other development projects.

I'd like to add that I got the "Defender of the Unicorn" hat without doing either of those two things mentioned. I discovered that there was a bug in the awarding of one of the hats, and communicated my concerns in the Winter Bash 2021 chatroom. It turned out that there actually was in fact a bug, which then got fixed and I was deemed to have done the "equivalent" of having asked a question that got the tag, so I was awarded the hat manually. There's therefore technically at least three different ways to get that hat (though you can just group what happened with me into your second listed category).

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    "other development projects" - like more hats!
    – OrangeDog
    Jan 5, 2022 at 15:51

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