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007 007 is earned by reaching a score of 7 on an answer of yours where both the answer and the question have 0 comments. Why not just call it "7"? Amazing Grace Ask a question tagged [bug] with a +10 score, that has an answer with a +10 score. Confirmed as such, status and accepted answer status don't matter. Not the admiral's most important work, ...


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How about making sure that the criteria for hats encourage, you know, good or even exemplary behaviour. Not like some of the hats this year (hairboat and the one for posting 5 answers in quick succession spring to mind).


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Make hats encourage good/desired behaviour. Hairboat's Revenge, for instance, is just silly: it caused a lot of unnecessary comments and clutter. Suggestion for next year: abolish it. If the CMs want to play Christmas pranks on each other, can't they do it without causing a lot of mess for everyone? Timey Wimey might have seemed like a good idea, but in ...


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Secret hats were a win I liked that not all the secret hats were spoiled on day 2 or even known about for several days. Two secret hats (at least) weren't eligible to be awarded until several days after Winterbash had started, which made for a nice surprise. I don't know if all the secret hats were guessed, but if they were it wasn't obvious. There are ...


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Encourage participation on meta Most users never venture onto per-site metas. This year there was a secret had that had to do with posting (once) on meta, and there was a non-secret hat that was earned by voting once on a specific day. I'd like to see a non-secret hat (so it's a more-obvious prompt) that encourages more meaningful meta participation -- ...


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More regular hats More secret hats More stats More jQuery More Unicorns This was my first Winterbash, and I'd like to thank everyone who participated, and especially the team for doing a great job implementing it. I have a hat to wear for every day of the month now, thanks! Also, I don't think there should be a Eureka secret hat next year, unless there is ...


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Avoid hats that require receiving downvotes Sun Wukong, everyone's favourite monkey, required getting 5 downvotes on a Meta post. I saw all kinds of crap last five minutes before being deleted, and still garnered the requirements. Hats that require receiving downvotes should be avoided at all costs; we don't want spammy posts at all, not on Meta, not on ...


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can I eat it? Yes!


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Hint pack 1: Solve these riddles and it's yours. (Sound familiar?) What's a better hint, the first word, or the second? Rejected hat name: "What Are You Still Doing Here?" What if Mjolnir were made of gold? Mostly a good guy, but not always. Not the admiral's most important work, but her most famous. Tahiti, 1791. It's actually just one dress ...


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Allow users to see which users have a certain hat For example, is there an easy way to determine how many have gotten the Auld Lang Syne hat or who got it first?


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Thanks for bringing this up. We restarted the web server which hosts the Winterbash website and unfortunately it was configured incorrectly such that the site did not automatically start back up after the reboot. Meanwhile, our "promotion" code basically 301's (permanent redirect) any "dead" promotion site to our promotions page. We started the web site back ...


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Allow some hats to be combined I kinda disliked the fact that you could only wear one hat, regardless of what that hat was. It would be nice if hats were given some sort of "equip region" like the way Team Fortress 2 does: that way, you could wear glasses and a jacket together but not two jackets.


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It's started. Given the countdown clock, it will start December 13th, 2015 at 7pm EST (4pm PST), which is the start of December 14th, 2015 in the GMT time zone.


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The secret hats question: Winter Bash 2015 hats The chat-room: David's Hat Store Remove the discovery hat (Archimedes / Eureka) Three reasons: 1. Disadvantaging other users Before @TheGuyWithTheTux posted the Community Wiki answer, the secret hats question was a free-for-all with five of the same answer all voted up to +40. I found that every hour or so,...


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Keep the good pacing of easy hats Some hats were easy to earn; some were hard. One thing I particularly noticed this year is that easy hats could be earned every few days. WinterBash started with a hat (Sufganiyot) for participation (vote or post), and a few days later there was the Star Wars hat that was similarly easy, and a few days after that was the ...


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Questions about the origins/purpose of the hats have come up a few different ways in a few different places this year. I was planning on including a fairly detailed rundown at the end of the event. I think at one point I said in the blog post, although I've realized the post-mortem on meta would probably be better. I'll give a quick summary here, though. ...


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Some hats were not possible on all sites (for example, not all sites could have Fascinating Ma'am because not all sites have questions >= 25 score, and 10,000 views). More consideration should be shown to hats that have 'tough' requirements, and perhaps a 'scaled' or some other 'fairness' threshold should be employed.


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Regular Hats: "Weed Eater" - Because this is the crux of your question, I'm putting it first... As far as I can tell, this simply seems to be related to the constant requirement of weeding to maintain a successful garden. The tool is a weeding tool called a "hand weeder" (they come in a variety of designs but this is the one pictured in the hat): And the ...


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I think everybody should have equal chances to win all hats. Therefore, please don't make hats that require owning a specific device (iOS only, Android only) or being awake in a specific hour at a specific timezone (which excludes people for which that time happens to be the middle of the night).


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Show the tag-wikis some hat luv! AFAIK, there was no hat action relating to curating the wikis. These are meaningful parts of the SO/SE system. Enhancing them takes a bit of effort, and has lasting value -- moreso than some of the chat/comment activities with hats available. (Although, to be sure, they were a bit of fun and contributed to the festive spirit!...


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A hat for contributing / improving tag wikis I'm thinking here of tags that existed prior to WinterBash, and that have poor wikis and/or wiki excerpts. It would be easier to do this for tags without any wiki of course. Tags should have some significant number of questions. What that means may be site-specific, but 10+ seems reasonable.


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Some guesses: El Dorado: El Dorado is the name of a myth created by European explorers pertaining to gold in the New World. The story eventually grew to become an entire city of gold. Therefore, it is awarded to a user who earns a gold badge. Cerro de Potosi: Cerro de Potosi (also known as Cerro Rico) is a Bolivian mountain once rumored to be made entirely ...


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Let me see which hats I've earned on a given site I made this request last year too. I'd like to be able to see all the hats I've earned on a particular site. I can see the first nine in the leaderboard, or all of them by stepping through the hats one at a time, but neither of those is ideal. Maybe, on the profile hats page (darn, didn't take a screen ...


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Let us search for users with a specific hat. It would be nice to know, for example, who earned Treasure Hunter on my sites this year.


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Try to have fewer hats that are only available on large sites. Timey Wimey could only be earned on sites at least a year old Odinson could only be earned on sites with at least one gold tag badge holder Amazing Grace could only be earned on sites with a fairly active meta site (no hope of getting it on SciFi, for instance, even though that's a fairly big ...


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To be very explicit, the question has to qualify for the Tumbleweed badge at the time the answer is posted. There is one exception however, which is that the number of views is disregarded. Because we don't track historical view count data, it's not possible to say whether a question had 60 views or fewer at a specific time. So we just dropped the viewcount ...


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Before I begin, let me state that I am decidedly pro-hat. But I do think that if a site decides against participating, then that should be a fairly strict decision. I'll quote Normal Human's comment on the math.se Winter Bash 2015 thread: Some effects of Winter Bash are still visible to those who opt out, due to the actions that users take to earn ...


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Ugh. That's what you decided to write? In any case, the reason you didn't get the hat is that you have to: On a more serious note (and the real reason I wrote this Q&A), it's been interesting to see the sorts of comments people send when they want to get a hat. I've been deleting the obvious I'm-just-trying-to-get-a-hat comments, but there have been ...


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Can we do away with hats that encourage site misuse? We had people posting deliberately poor questions / answers so that they could be downvoted and deleted this year.


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Sufganiyot are delicious jelly doughnuts traditionally eaten on Hanukkah, which this year ends on the evening of December 14. (Image By Noam Furer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)


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