Questions tagged [winter-bash]

For general questions about the Winter Bash (or holiday hats) celebration at the end of the year. Please consider using the year-specific variation, e.g. [winter-bash-2018] if it's solely about this year's edition of Winter Bash.

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Winter Bash 2016 - All Hats [closed]

I decided to start the traditional secret hats post, but instead of just another "here is how you get the secret hats" post, to also add in all the hats. There are two answers: one for the secret hats,...
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Why are date-based hats awarded too early? [duplicate]

I just got the And I Feel Fine hat which states "post or vote on December 21". Does SE have a time machine now?
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Winter Bash 2017 Hats

Here's the traditional Winter Bash hats post. Same as last year there are two (and only two) answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. Remember there are no hats for guessing ...
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Winter Bash 2018 Hat list

Here we go again, the Winter Bash is here and the hats are listed below. The list has the same format as always, there are only two answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. The ...
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Winter Bash 2018 Knitting

This year's Winter Bash got us great hat challenges, but it also gave us a very nice tool for knitting on the main Winter Bash site. Is there a challenge related to this knitting tool? Here is my ...
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Why didn't (or did) I or some other user get a hat although the requirements were (or weren't) fulfilled?

During Winter Bash, users can earn hats. But sometimes it seems that a hat was awarded even though its requirements weren't (yet) met, or vice versa. What could the reason for this be?
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What are the fantasy secret hats you'd wish to get?

I had for some days the fantasy of getting a grinch hat. I know there is a hat when you only do upvotes in a day and believed it could make sense to have the same kind of hats for downvotes only. It ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2017 [closed]

Winter Bash 2016 is not over yet (it started later than usual this year and will end later than usual), but after noticing that the corresponding versions of this question for Winter Bash 2015 and ...
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Please show hats in the Android app (aka android app hates hats)

I don't hate hats. Proof: Yet, the Android app isn't showing them: Saw this post from 2013 asking for hats in the Android app, and this one from 2014, also saying essentially "it's not worth it". ...
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Winter Bash 2019 - is it happening this year?

On a lighter note for meta, I was wondering if there was any heads up on a start date. From past years it looks like we're about a month out. I'm a huge fan of any hat targets that focus on answering ...
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A list of what each of the Winter Bash 2016 hats are named after

Continuing the tradition of asking for the meanings of hats. Hats like What's up doc can be deciphered easily as related to our favorite cartoon. However, hats like Running Ragged are difficult to ...
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🐔 The Quest for the Winter Chicken of the Bash, Part 2

(Part One is Here) As every year winter has come... and as every year the hunt for hats and secret has started. So, following the recent events in the Tavern I was following the Chicken tracks back ...
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Got “Bûche de Noël” hat on Dec 24 instead of “Have a little Dreidel”

Today (Dec 24, ~11AM local time, 10AM UTC) when I voted on a post (both Ask Ubuntu and Meta SE), I received the "Bûche de Noël" hat on both sites. However, the description of that hat on http://...
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Winter Bash: Common Triggers

There are a few triggers for Winter Bash hats that are reused throughout the years. The answer below lists all the hats with common triggers throughout past Winter Bashes and I hope that this list of ...
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Show off your hats! (2018 edition)

Since 241,378 hats have already been earned by the time I'm writing this, and I think I found the perfect hat for my avatar already, why don't we start showing them off like last year? Post hats, ...
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Snow Flake sitting alone in the dark, crying silently

See this? All parts of the new top bar has a tooltip, e.g. But the poor snow flake? Nothing. No tool, no tip. Can a tooltip be added, to explain to the clueless user what this is all ...
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Way to find who earned a specific hat on a specific site

Let's say I want to figure out which users on [site X] earned [hat Y]. I can, of course, go through and examine each hatted user to see what hat(s) they have. On most sites, however, this is ...
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This year's Winter Bash is super hard

I always look forward to Winter Bash. This year it feels really hard to get any hats. And because of this I kind of quit giving it much thought after a few days. That's a shame because it takes a ...
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All I want is a well-fitted hat!

I just got a new hat! :D screaming with joy Looking at so many users looking all exquisite with their stunningly 'fitted' hats, I'm wondering if there's an option to resize or rotate a hat? PS: Happy ...
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What do hats get me after winter bash is over?

the hats get put back in their boxes on January 4th Do the hats affect me in any way after the 4th? A badge or something in my profile about how many I unlocked? Edit: Can I request some form of ...
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First Responder hat of the 2016 winter bash

The "First Responder" hat seems to be broken. The description of the hat states: post a message in chat within ±12 hours of the UTC New Year’s begin that gets starred However, many users, ...
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Can we have a Royal hat next year?

Getting my hat request in early. I noticed a distinct lack of any royal headgear this year. No crowns, no tiaras, nada. May I suggest a royal hat next year, perhaps this one, sported by Her Royal ...
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If I hate hats, do I lose them?

If I decide that I hate hats and I don't want to see them good on me. But what happens if I later learn to stop worrying and love the hats? Do I lose any hats I earned before hating hats? And do I ...
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Let us be more creative with our hat placement [duplicate]

So, safe to say, I am fairly addicted to the hats. They are a lot of fun and their silliness is addictive. In the spirit of the winterbash, I am hoping we can be allowed to have more control of hat ...
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Skippy Hat: Use Winterbash to encourage Skip

Every now and then, reviewers need to be reminded that they can use Skip during review. There is not really an encouragement to use Skip; it does not increase your review count (nor should it). ...
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How can we find the Tumbleweeds? [closed]

One of the Winter Bash 2016 hats involves answering a question which qualifies for the Tumbleweed badge. There doesn't seem to be a great way to search for questions which qualify for this tag (no ...
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Winter Bash 2017 hatymology

Inspired by a long tradition, here's a list of the 'etymology' for the Winter Bash 2017 hats. For pictures and a list of criteria, see this topic instead. The list is a community wiki; feel free to ...
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Translation for hats

Where does the translation for hats in the Winter Bash page? I can't find them in transifex. I see the link in the bottom of the page: view hat descriptions in English / translate hat ...
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The Most Wonderous Hall of Hats

How about we create some pages of past leaderboards for the Winterbash Hat event? It would be a permanent archive so we could always view the past stats for Winterbash (since it now seems like it ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2019

Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun ...
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Winter Bash 2017: When will it start this year?

When will Winter Bash 2017 start?
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Hats on profile block access to mod tools

Note that I can barely click on "Mod", and can't even read the number in brown indicating the number of flags on the account. A pretty minor thing overall, but still annoying. This appeared on The ...
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Is there a simple page, “What is Winter Bash, and what's all this about hats”? Can we have one?

I tried to write a meta post about winter bash and hats, but I couldn't find any simple explanation page to link to. I ended up garbling a home-spun description of my own with a not-terribly-helpful ...
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What is the shape of the Knitting canvas?

The knitting canvas of Winter Bash 2018 has a weird shape: What is this shape supposed to represent, if anything?
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Can a hat be lost if its criteria no longer applies? [duplicate]

Several of the winterbash hats have criteria that are "non-binding," for example "Witticism" requires 5 upvoted questions. If such a criteria no longer applies, such as an upvoted question or answer ...
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How does the Team Player hat get triggered?

The criteria for the Team Player hat states: visit the Stack Overflow for Teams landing page at stackoverflow.com/teams I've visited the page 30 min ago, scrolled up and down and still haven't ...
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What are the requirements to get the “Weed Eater” hat?

The hat's description says answer a question qualifying for the Tumbleweed badge that gets accepted During the winter bash, I answered a question that is a tumbleweed, and it got accepted; yet I ...
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Has there ever been a secret hat that was never awarded?

I was having a discussion about secret-hat difficulty and it got me wondering. Has there ever been a secret hat that was so hard (or obscure) to get that it was never awarded? Edit: Since this has ...
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When do the holiday hats start appearing again for late 2018?

When will the holiday hats start being awarded again on the Stack Exchange sites?
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What is the sorting for ties on the Winter Bash leader board?

There are four of us that got all the hats. However I'm slightly baffled by the order we appear. I'm wondering what the order is where there is a tie (like the four of us in first place). Some things ...
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How many users hate hats?

Out of sheer curiosity: Are there any statistics on how many users click the "I hate hats" button during Winter Bash?
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Previously introduced badges due to the positive effect during winterbash

Yesterday I read about the positive effects of the winter bash firstly during its runtime and secondly because new badges can be tested or introduced which worked well during the bash. I am ...
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No hats on mobile

I've scarcely touched my laptop over the winter break, satisfying my SO addiction entirely through the iOS app. (And occasionally the mobile website.) It's been a great exercise in seeing how livable ...
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Why are “Gonna Find Out” hats already being awarded?

The description for the ‘Gonna Find Out’ hat is: cast 150 votes on questions or answers I've come across a few users with “Gonna Find Out” hats. Since Winter Bash has only been on for 3 days and ...
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Don't move all the cheese for this snowflake

Normally, the top bar icons go, from right to left: site switch, help/review, achievements, inbox, profile (+ mod). But for a few weeks a year, they go: site switch, Winter Bash, help/review, ...
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Does the association bonus count for Running Ragged hat?

From winterbash2016.stackexchange.com Running Ragged earn 150 reputation points on three different sites (not including Stack Overflow) within 15 days. So my query is: association bonus ...
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What is the origin and thought process behind the tradition of hats?

Winter Bash is always a lot of fun and makes people trek across sites and participate in communities they are not usually a part of, but how did they originate? What was the thought process behind ...
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Why do I have to hate hats?

Why are you, the ever so pink-and-fluffy SE making me hate ? I don't hate hats. I just don't want to participate because I'm a grumpy old bahumbug kinda guy. I don't like hating :( Can we choose ...
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Hats can overflow, covering links in review queue

This user's hat covers text in the review queue, making the links harder to click. It also covers some of their information on their profile, making it hard to see their reputation and badges.
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2014 Secret hats: count?

Is it known how many secret hats exist in this winter bash? What about last year? Also, are hats being added during the event? Should the Stack Exchange team come up with new ideas?