UPDATE We're in for the hats this year. We just submitted the form!

Last year, Stack Exchange ran Winter Bash 2013, in which users earned hats which they proudly displayed upon their gravatar. There was a leaderboard of hatters, mad or not:

2013 top hat wearers

It's that time of the year again and we get to choose whether we want to do it again this year. Hats are enabled on a per-site basis, but each site has to opt-in and choose to participate.

What are hats, I hear you ask. Well, hats are kinda like ephemeral badges. You can choose to have one displayed over your avatar and you win them by certain actions on the webpage. Users can turn off hats on a per-user basis, so if you're against them for any reason, you can disable the feature and not see your hats nor those of the users who have opted in. As far as you are concerned, the hats will not exist.

If we choose to accept, the event will run from 15 December 2014 to 4 January 2015. After that, all the hats go away into Last Year's Hat Bin.

We need to decide if we want hats by December 1. So, do we like hats or hate hats?

  • Meh, Community ♦ should be the one posting this D:
    – Braiam
    Nov 18, 2014 at 23:54
  • @Braiam that's Mr. Community♦ to you. :P
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 18, 2014 at 23:54
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    @terdon Sexist! Anyway it should be community, or -1 with the -n option. Nov 19, 2014 at 1:20
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    I'm resisting the urge to edit the question to say "your mission, should you choose to accept it," and link to the Mission: Impossible Wikipedia page, since that's what my mind immediately went to when you said "if we choose to accept".
    – strugee
    Nov 20, 2014 at 6:31
  • I thought a hat (like hair) was there to cover a non-perfect head. I guess not everyone can be so lucky to look like captain P.
    – Anthon
    Nov 20, 2014 at 7:46
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    @Anthon you remind me of a t-shirt my Dad used to have which carried the slogan "God made a few perfect heads. On the rest of them, he put hair". I may not agree with the theological implications there but I still find it funny.
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 20, 2014 at 14:01
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    @terdon That was exactly the quote I had in mind that was the basis for my comment, and I reworded it for exactly the same implications.
    – Anthon
    Nov 20, 2014 at 14:22
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    @Anthon Ah, all you people with wide partings think alike :)
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 20, 2014 at 14:28
  • Have the comment threads of fedora questions in previous hatsy years stayed in control?
    – Anko
    Nov 22, 2014 at 19:46
  • @Anko oddly enough, yes. At least to my knowledge.
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 22, 2014 at 19:49
  • [status-completed] can now be added to this, since there will indeed be hats.
    – Doorknob
    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:08

2 Answers 2


Yes, of course we want hats!

Don't be a hater, be a hatter!1

But I think the more important question is:

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

  • Is there a Mad Hatter hat?
    – Wilf
    Nov 19, 2014 at 19:53
  • @Wilf I sure hope so!
    – Seth
    Nov 19, 2014 at 21:03
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    HATS off to you sir :D
    – Joseph R.
    Nov 21, 2014 at 6:08
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    @Wilf There beret be one.
    – Anko
    Nov 22, 2014 at 19:44

No to the hats!

Let the avatars be free, unencumbered by the headware of lollygaggers and poppinjays...

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    To the downvoter: really? How could we have a Yes/No poll with only one answer. Grinch.
    – jasonwryan
    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:14
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    Surely we need to downvote for this to be a yes/no poll!
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:46
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    @terdon Given this was a $holiday intiative, I foolishly assumed goodwill and a spirit of benevolence would apply; downvoting just seems as churlish as it is unecessary: vote for what you support, not to mark the counter proposal as "not useful".
    – jasonwryan
    Nov 19, 2014 at 5:04
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    Goodwill? Benevolence? But you're grinching! Seriously though, while I did not downvote, probably out of a spirit of goodwill and cheer and all that, it does seem reasonable to downvote. If only to offset the upvotes on the position you disagree with. As a general rule, these types of poll questions with directly contradicting answers need both upvotes and downvotes to make the community's position clear. After all, downvotes on meta can simply mean "I disagree", so I can understand the vote.
    – terdon Mod
    Nov 19, 2014 at 5:12
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    @terdon while an issue this trivial probably doesn't warrant extended discussion... Everyone only has one upvote (unless of course people both want and don't want hats); so the downvote is pointless--other than to magnify mean spiritedness, hence my Grinch comment.
    – jasonwryan
    Nov 19, 2014 at 7:07
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    They should implement this for regular ol' representational democracy. I mostly don't vote (or else spoil my ballot, they have to count those), but I'd be in there every time if I could cast a negative vote for someone: "-1 for you jerk!"
    – goldilocks
    Nov 19, 2014 at 16:05
  • I just really don't like people without hats ^
    – Alko
    Nov 19, 2014 at 16:58
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    @goldilocks Nice suggestion, if this was implemented for public office then no one would get elected XD (Which is probably not that bad)
    – 111---
    Nov 19, 2014 at 16:59
  • @datUser Someone still has to be elected, lol, but seeing them celebrate the least negative count would be great ("Only -7% support!"). I think there have been a few cases in U.S. municipal elections where the spoiled ballot won, not sure what happened after that.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 19, 2014 at 17:06
  • @goldilocks Ah the true zero sum game. OK sorry for the off- topicness.
    – 111---
    Nov 19, 2014 at 17:26

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