The Stack Exchange team is organizing an original event, in the spirit of the one organized last year on the Gaming site, called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain actions would trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar could then "wear".

This event will run from 19 December 2012 to 4 January 2013. Individual users who don’t want to participate, don’t want to see hats, and/or are generally anti-hat will have an "I hate hats" option available. The only visual change to the site itself will be the presence of the hats and the "I hate hats" button in the footer. Participation on one site does not affect accounts on other SE sites.

The following two answers aim to collect votes for a community poll: Please, indicate whether you think Cross Validated should participate to this event or not (1 vote per user). Responses from the community users are due by November, 28 (sorry for the short delay), and moderators will inform the SE team of our collective decision.

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    $\begingroup$ Two things to note: (1) Hats are ephemeral -- they will last only as long as the event runs. (2) Effectively, hats are badges you can wear. They are earned by doing a certain amount of specific site actions. Also, and I can't emphasize this enough: individuals CAN opt out! Meaning, if you hate hats, you can choose not to see them. However, users who stumble across your site around New Year's Eve will see them. The choice is yours, CV community! I think it's harmless fun, but I also understand that this is a site for professionals. $\endgroup$
    – Aarthi
    Nov 26, 2012 at 23:23
  • $\begingroup$ Voting is now over. Happy hat hunting! $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Nov 30, 2012 at 17:17
  • $\begingroup$ @mbq, according to this, the promo starts on 12/19. How come you already have a hat? $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2012 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @gung This is my private hat; I just change the gravatar for xmas. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:00
  • $\begingroup$ @mbq, Merry X-mas! $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2012 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ Ok...these hats are quite fun. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle.
    Dec 21, 2012 at 1:25

2 Answers 2


Yes, Cross Validated should participate in Winter Bash 2012.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi, @chl. Consider accepting this answer to make this thread appear resolved. $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Dec 6, 2015 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @amoeba! This is done now. $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Dec 6, 2015 at 20:19

No, Cross Validated should not participate in Winter Bash 2012.

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    $\begingroup$ Note: It's only winter in half of the world. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Nov 28, 2012 at 21:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Glen_b Fortunately, not all of the hats are winter-themed. Some are, some are less seasonal. :) There's even a pair of sunglasses! $\endgroup$
    – Aarthi
    Dec 3, 2012 at 16:10

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