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Winter Bash 2015 Secret Hats

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] ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Is it a hat or a cake?

can I eat it? Yes!
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Can we get some hints for the 2015 secret hats?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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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Where did the hats go?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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" ...
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When will the Winter Bash 2015 begin?

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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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Is there a list of what each of the Winter Bash hats is named after?

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 ...
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What positive behavior is each hat encouraging?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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 ...
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Is there a list of what each of the Winter Bash hats is named after?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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 ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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What are the requirements to get the "Weed Eater" hat?

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 ...
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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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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Make the "hats" vs "no hats" choice instead "users can opt out" vs "users can opt in"

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 ...
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Why didn't I get the Hairboat's revenge hat?

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 ...
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What should we do for Winter Bash 2016?

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 ...
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Is there a list of what each of the Winter Bash hats is named after?

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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Winter Bash 2014 closing remarks - ideas for next year

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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