It seems unfair that users who already had the Informed badge on a given site are entirely ineligible to earn the Tourist hat on that site during the Winter Bash 2022. This should be a season of inclusiveness, and should not exclude/penalize the literally millions of long-time loyal site users who've previously earned this badge and want to fully enjoy the Winter Bash.

This is a request for enhancement to remedy this problem somehow, making it possible for users who previously had the Informed badge to earn the Tourist hat on their favorite Stack Exchange site.

Some potential implementation ideas:

  1. Adjust the Tourist hat requirements to award for simply visiting the Tour page during Winter Bash, regardless of the Informed badge.
  2. Award the Tourist hat on all sites when it's earned on any site.
  3. Reset the Informed badge for all users, at least for the duration of Winter Bash.
  4. Deploy a new, temporary "Informed in the Bash" badge that awards for visiting the Tour page and adjust the Tourist hat to require that badge instead.

Can something like this be deployed?

  • Eh, not every hat has to be earnable by everyone. there's certainly a few others that are far easier to earn for some people than others for similar reasons
    – Kevin B
    Dec 16, 2022 at 22:26
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    @KevinB This objection is not based on difficulty (or even relatively difficulty) of the task, but on the fact that it's literally impossible to earn this hat on a site where you already have the badge. That just seems like poor design. Dec 16, 2022 at 22:34
  • It's not much different from How to get Miranda hat if you can't suggest edits anymore; I can't earn that hat on SO, but i can earn it elsewhere.
    – Kevin B
    Dec 16, 2022 at 22:41
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    @KevinB the argument that something else is equally broken shouldn't be a valid justification to avoid fixing any one of these design defects. Dec 16, 2022 at 22:45
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    I think this is a valid request. Someone who has a profile on every site (not uncommon because of groups like Charcoal) and has read the tour everywhere in the past (or scripted it, not knowing it would affect them years down the line) is now totally ineligible to earn the hat at all. Same goes for someone who doesn't wish to create a profile on a site just to earn the hat. Dec 17, 2022 at 0:32
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    Does this answer your question? Is there a minimum reputation to obtain hats? meta.stackexchange.com/a/245123/282094
    – Rob
    Dec 20, 2022 at 0:43
  • @Rob no, not by far, it got totally nothing to do with this question. Dan, in case the question is closed (as duplicate) please ping me and I'll reopen it. Dec 20, 2022 at 10:53
  • @Sha, you can see that's correct; it's tagged by design long before your comment.
    – Rob
    Dec 20, 2022 at 15:37
  • Ok, if it's by design that I can't get the Tourist hat by taking the tour on a site that I've already taken the tour on, could the description at least be updated to make that clear? I was wondering why I didn't get the hat despite taking the tour on 3 of the sites that I'm on during the Bash.
    – RobH
    Dec 23, 2022 at 23:28

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While a valid request, this is likely by design. Winter Bash hats almost always encourage some kind of positive behavior in different areas across the site.

The Tourist hat, which the name itself implies, is likely part of a trend of hats that encourages users to join / contribute to a new site. This includes this year's The Explorer hat too.

All of the following hats are unattainable if you do not join a new site.

The Explorer, 2022

Ask a question that's well-received by the community on a site you haven't used before.

Sunrise, 2021

Description: Write a well-received first question
Tip: Ask a question that's well-received by the community on a site you haven't used before.

Gimme Space, 2020

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

Mother of Dragons, 2019

Create a first post (question or answer) that after 3 days is +3 or higher.

Member of The Hand 2018

+3 post as new contributor, meta or main

Furthermore, there's some leeway – in the event that you haven't read the Tour yet on a site you joined a site in the past, you're still able to get the hat without joining a new site.

However, this hat gets slightly more difficult for users who have profiles across the entire Stack Exchange network. In that case, the only way to get the hat is to delete one of the profiles (of course, one that has less to no activity) and re-create it if one must get that hat.

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    The Tourist hat could be modified to encourage joining new sites while still rewarding users by granting them a hat on their favorite site. Specifically, if the idea is to reward the USER (as opposed to the profile), then I see no fundamental reason the hat must be rewarded only on the site profile the user recently created. I've added this suggestion to the original post as idea number 2. Dec 17, 2022 at 5:57

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