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For general questions about the Winter Bash (or holiday hats) celebration at the end of the year. Winter Bash is sunsetting in 2023.

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Are old Winterbash leaderboards still available?

I tried to search for old Winterbash leaderboards but I always get redirect on a blog page. Is there a way to see old leaderboard pages or are they lost forever?
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Since there is no Winter Bash, can we share uplifting and inspirational thoughts for this time of the year? [closed]

At this time of the year (December 2023) the focus of most literature and television adverts seems to be about eating, drinking, giving presents and the copious consumption of material "things&...
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Will Stack Exchange be running something for April Fools in 2024?

Earlier this year, Philippe created a post on MSO stating that SE wouldn't be running an April Fools joke this year. Admittedly, that post did end with We hope to continue celebrating April Fools' ...
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Sunsetting Winter/Summer Bash: Rationale and Next Steps

This year, we made the difficult decision to sunset Winter/Summer Bash. Winter Bash has been an annual event on Stack Exchange each December for the past decade. What are the origin and goals of ...
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Incorrect/Misleading Defending the Unicorn Quiz Stipulations [closed]

In the attempt to save Sparkles there is a quiz. One of the stipulations is as follows: All answers are either integers or at most two words (no punctuation, spaces optional), case insensitive I've ...
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SEDE query to find progress on Four Ayes hat?

I've been working on a query to count the number of days a user's posts have had votes up, with no votes down on any day. But it seems like it's missing some posts. Users that have Four Ayes, do not ...
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Hats popup isn't scrollable in the Samsung Internet browser [duplicate]

On my mobile phone, I can open the hats' popup from my activity page, but one I do so, I cannot scroll it. Or rather, no matter how much I scroll, the screen doesn't move, and I'm left with the same ...
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How can I save images of me in my hats as transparent PNGs? [closed]

I'm looking to get a PNG of my various hats on my profile pic for personal use (changing the hat I'm wearing and capturing an image of each setup somehow). I need a PNG that's either 32 × 32 or 128 × ...
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How can one see one's past hats?

Can future winterbashYYYY.stackexchange.com site/s be modified so that users can see what hats they obtained in a year? (So for example in 2024, a user could see what hats they obtained in 2023.) Or ...
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Gregorio Y. Zara hat covers up username in chat [duplicate]

The user Panda currently wears the Gregorio Y. Zara hat. But, now in chat, his username is covered up: When a user has multiple messages in a row, their username is aligned under the profile image. ...
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Wrong phrasing in "Can you help guide Sparkles back home? " page [duplicate]

Once you find Sparkles, the instructions page tells us: There she is! You have are almost there! As I already mentioned last year, this should be either changed to: There she is! You are almost ...
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Winter/Summer Bash snowflake is not appearing on the top bar of the main site (Stack Exchange) [duplicate]

I am not sure if this is intended, but I don't see the Winter/Summer Bash snowflake notification on the top bar of the main site (https://stackexchange.com). It shows me the same inbox as on the other ...
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Grammar mistake in Sparkles the Unicorn Game [duplicate]

Page 3 of the Sparkles the Uniform Game has a grammar mistake in the second sentence of the page header: There she is! You have are almost there! Presumably the word "have" was ...
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Unable to scroll down to see all my hats in the Winter Bash hats pop-up

I'm unable to scroll down my list of hats in the Winter Bash hats pop-up as it scrolls the background (my activity page) instead. This seems to be a very recent occurrence, perhaps due to a recent ...
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What's happened to my hats?

I recently reached 27 hats. However, on the Winter Bash leaderboard, it displays me as only having 22 hats. Is this caching or a bug? (I had 25 hats yesterday and it was still showing 22 hats.) Edit: ...
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Has there ever been a picture of Sparkles the Unicorn?

I'm wondering if there has ever been a photo of Sparkles the Unicorn on Winter Bash. Also, is there a particular reason that the Sparkles-related pages aren't formatted in Winter Bash style?
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Let's check in on Sparkles the Unicorn!

After two eventful years, Sparkles the Unicorn is determined to spend this year's holidays relaxing at home. I bet she'd love to see her friends. Why don't you /visit-sparkles and see how she's doing? ...
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Can I swap Solstice (Sun) with Solstice (Moon) hat? [closed]

I earned the Solstice (Sun) hat but I would like the Solstice (Moon) hat instead. Is there any way to swap between them?
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Phrasing of "Squared Away" hat not clear

The Squared Away hat's description is (without clicking on it): Post 4 answers on 4 separate sites during Winter Bash Which is unclear for many users, I came across 3 users asking in chat that why ...
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What's "NY-CONWEB02"?

I saw this at the very bottom of the Winter Bash 2022 source code and it stuck out to me: <!-- NY-CONWEB02 --> Don't you think the people deserve to know what this means?
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What is the business reason for Winter Bash?

Obviously, Winter Summer Bash is delightful and fun and rewards regulars with a little gamification. But it also seems like a fairly large effort to plan, design, and maintain. Is there a business ...
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Will I get the Splunk hat when a [data] tag is added to a question after I answered it?

... and will it be seen as "cheating" when I add such a tag afterwards by myself, maybe after my answer already got an upvote? (Of course, the tag should fit to the question's content.)
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2023

Winter Bash 2022 is going on right now, so why not use the opportunity to gather ideas/suggestions/corrections for next year? Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2023 even ...
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Winter Bash notifications do not live refresh [closed]

The Winter Bash notifications do not work like in previous years: Once you get a new hat, you need to refresh the page (or open a new page) to see a change in achieved hats, and then only a blue ...
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Add a keyboard shortcut for the Winter Bash dropdown

When it comes to inboxes on Stack Exchange, I've gotten pretty used to using the keybaord. I use i for the inbox, r for the achievements notifications (rep / badges), and there's even a shortcut for ...
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Order of hats in the user profile popup [duplicate]

I'm struggling to understand the order the hats are featured in the user profile: It's not the same order they appear in the Winter Bash homepage: It's not the order you earned them - Hedy Lamarr is ...
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Earned Heads Up! hat on MSE without any helpful flags for a year

I just got the Heads Up! secret hat on Meta Stack Exchange without flagging anything for a year. As mentioned on the hat list, the trigger for the Heads Up! hat is: Yet, the last time I raised a ...
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Cannot wear selected hat, nor can I see its name, which site I earned it on, etc, [closed]

I just came across a problem where you cannot wear a hat, nor see its name and which site you earned it on. I am currently wearing a hat, but once I want to select a new hat, nothing happens. Image: ...
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Cannot cancel out of account creation from Winter Bash "Log in or Sign up" link

At the top of the Winter Bash 2022 page there's a link to "Log in or Sign up". I don't have an SO account, so if I click on it I'm prompted to create one, linked to my SE profile. Clicking ...
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Incomplete localization of the Winter Bash hat popup text translation

The translation of the Winter Bash popup is incomplete on foreign language Stack Overflow sites: https://es.stackoverflow.com/ https://pt.stackoverflow.com/ https://ja.stackoverflow.com/ https://...
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Leaderboard (presumably) displaying users who opted-out of Winter Bash

Over the past few days, I have come across several users who are in the Network-wide Leaderboard but have no hats shown in their activity page (i.e. no beanie on their activity page on a site where I ...
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How to receive a bounty from "Community"? [duplicate]

I was checking some bounties to see and realized that one of my answers was present on a newly bountied question. This one to be specific: 500 window is not defined nuxt3 and composition api I forgot ...
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Add anchors to Winter Bash FAQ [closed]

It would be nice to be able to link to specific questions (with their answers) in the Winter Bash FAQ. Especially this year, as the banner image takes almost the entire screen (on my MacBook Pro 13&...
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Will the "Defender of the Unicorn" hat lead to lots of pointless noise in meta? [closed]

Obviously I’m asking this because as I’m seeking the "Defender of the Unicorn" hat but it also raises the question, are hats like this just going to end up causing extra noise in the meta ...
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The "Your Hats" view hides whether or not you have the hat on the current site, if you are wearing it [closed]

If you are wearing a hat, the dark blue label obscures whether or not you have the hat on the site you are currently using. Can we find a way to label both? Could we possibly have the light blue ...
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Is there a special 'trick' to Mmm, Cookies?

I cannot get what would seem to be one of the simplest hats to achieve - Mmm, Cookies! I usually run all kinds of ad, content, cross-site tracker prevention & cookie blockers, so I switched off ...
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For days I've marveled at the silhouettes, until I realized they had color (Winter/Summer Bash 2022)

Using Firefox 108.0 since the start of the Bash, my Winter/Summer Bash site looked like this: I pondered why they were just silhouettes, but I didn't investigate. I assumed this was by design. While ...
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Chatterbox and Verified hats considering the same room as if belonging to different SE sites

I participated in 2022 Winter\Summer Bash Starring room in order to attain the Chatterbox and Verified secret hats (their triggers are already confirmed). I received both the hats as expected. But ...
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Leaderboard misaligned on different digit ranks

When I search somebody up, this happens: As you can see, the profile images are misaligned vertically. Also the hat count. This is a bug, and should be fixed to make it look better. When you're ...
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White thick border on profile image while trying to wear hats [closed]

The title pretty much says it all, and here is the screenshot: Why is there the white border on the hats tab? It kind of looks weird. The fix: Just get rid of the white border. Also, it doesn't limit ...
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Hats that escape a user's profile picture are inconsistently above/below other UI elements

Pretty much self-explanatory. The "hat" is above some UI elements (links, bio), but below some others (tab titles), which looks weird. Same thing when hovering over items:
Marco Bonelli's user avatar
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The Tourist hat excludes users who previously had the Informed badge

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 ...
Dan Bonachea's user avatar
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Are the hats easier to earn this year?

I usually end up with 2 or 3 hats at the end of Winter Bash every year, but this year I already have 5 so far. I don't usually pay much attention to the hat requirements, so I can't really compare ...
Mark Benningfield's user avatar
10 votes
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X to exit hat modal blends into banner

This is the hat modal on Community's profile in dark mode. As you can see (or can you?), the X in the corner blends into the banner, potentially because of my screen size: (Also happens in light mode....
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How to get Miranda hat if you can't suggest edits anymore [closed]

I've got the edit privilege and I can't suggest edits anymore. Do I have to suggest edits on another Stack Exchange site to get the Miranda hat?
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Misleading legend description in the hats modal

The bottom of the modal showing a user's hats has the following text: Yet, doesn't show the hat my account is wearing, but the one the user whose profile I'm viewing is wearing. Similarly, shows ...
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FAQ for Winter Summer Bash says there are no site-specific hats, but the 2cool4skool description says "(Stack Overflow only)"

The FAQ page says: Do any sites have custom hats? No. All hats can be earned on any participating Stack Exchange site. There are also a few hats that can only be earned through meta site ...
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Winter Summer Bash Hat list is not displayed on a user's profile if you don't have a profile on the site

I'm not a member of the politics stack. An awesome user has some hats I was hoping to browse, but I'm not prepared to join the Politics site at this time. Why do they show like this:
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Winter Bash 2022 hat names explained

What follows is a list of the 'etymology' for the Winter Bash 2022 hats. Everything about the naming (whether related to Stack Exchange mechanics, memes, or anything else that isn't obvious to most ...
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This year's Winter Bash violates the Geneva Conventions (no, really)

I know the title of this post sounds like a bit of an exaggeration - but it's not; the 'Lifesaver' hat awarded in this year's bash which includes the red cross emblem violates Article 53 of the Geneva ...
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