[In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash][1], where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges):

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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.

Last year (2012–2013), Stack Exchange expanded the holiday theme to any site that wants to participate. It's running again this year.

  • The Winter Bash event will run from 16 December 2013 to 3 January 2014.
  • Users will be able to see their entire hat collection at http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com. 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.
I'm neutral. I don't want them but I don't mind if we get them. – Raphael Nov 26 '12 at 20:22
Do the hats disappear after the event ends? (If so, then I'm in favor; I'm confident enough in my hatuality to admit that not only does gamifiation work on me, but that I actually enjoy its effects). – Merbs Nov 27 '12 at 6:52
I always have a hat. One more won't hurt. – Dave Clarke Nov 27 '12 at 8:32
I share Merbs opinion. For a short period of time its probably a fun thing. – A.Schulz Nov 27 '12 at 8:53
I love the idea of an "i hate hats" button, but I suppose I have to first advocate for hats so that I can get such a button... – que que Nov 27 '12 at 15:52
@Merbs Yes, the hats will only be present during the event, until 4 Jan. – Gilles Nov 27 '12 at 17:37
@Merbs Well, you know, the first step is admitting who you are and being true to yourself. Embrace it! :D – Aarthi Nov 27 '12 at 18:28

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Given that the community is in favor, we have opted in.

After an informal chat poll, we're opting in again for 2013–2014.

I for one, am ecstHATic about our new flair. – Nicholas Mancuso Nov 29 '12 at 2:42
Hats off to your decision ... or hats on! – Merbs Nov 29 '12 at 8:14
@NicholasMancuso, I don't know whether to vote that pun up, or flag it as offensive ;) – Luke Mathieson Dec 2 '13 at 5:36

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