In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event 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". For example, editing a post would yield an editor-themed hat (fedora with pen) to the editor.
This year, Stack Exchange is expanding the holiday theme to any site that wants to participate.
- The event will run from 19 December 2012 to 4 January 2013.
- Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on http://winterba.sh. That site will also have a landing page, explaining the rules and other details of the event.
- Hats will be shown to visitors by default, but logged-in users can click an "I hate hats" button to see the normal hatless avatars.
- The only visual change to the site itself will be the presence of the hats and the "I hate hats" button in the footer.
We need to let Stack Exchange know by 28 November 2012 (i.e. in barely two days), so please tell us really soon if you want or do not want hats. Moderators will make the final decision, but we'll take your feedback into account.
Apologies for the late posting, I initially mistakenly thought this didn't apply to beta sites.