Frequently Asked Questions
What is going on? Why do I see hats?
From December 19th through January 8th, you'll be able to earn hats all over the sites! Ask, answer, vote, edit, and chat, and you'll uncover hats hidden in all kinds of places.
What happens after January 8th?
After January 8th, the sites go back to normal and all hats disappear. This is meant to be a fun end-of-year celebration, not a permanent addition to the site.
Hats? People will do anything to get a hat! It'll be anarchy! Hatarchy!
Worry not! All normal site rules still apply. If you're caught sockpuppeting for hats, you will be suspended, just as you would be normally.
How do I get a hat?
Each hat has different criteria to unlock it. Click any hat on winterbash2016.stackexchange.com to see a short description of how to earn it. Once you have a hat, you can wear it by looking at the hat rack on your user profile (click the number next to “hats”), choose the hat you want to wear, and then clicking the “Wear hat” button.
How can I customize a hat to fit my avatar perfectly?
After choosing a hat on your hat rack and before clicking “Wear hat,” you can move your hat around on your avatar with your mouse (or, on a touch screen, your finger). For advanced adjustments or if you don't want the hat to disappear behind your finger while moving it, check the “show controls” box. This will display two handles that you can drag around, one for moving the hat and one for resizing and rotating it.
How do I see all the hats I have?
Look at the hat rack on your user profile, or go to winterbash2016.stackexchange.com and log in. You'll be able to see your entire hat rack, where you'll find all the hats you've earned on each site.
I hate hats! How do I get rid of them?
When you click the snow flake icon in the top bar, a popup appears that has a link labeled "I hate hats!" This will turn off all hat-related events on all sites for you. You won't see people wearing hats, you won't be alerted when you earn a hat, and you won't be seen wearing a hat by any other users.
How many hats are there total?
There are at least five. Maybe six. Go look at the list on winterbash2016.stackexchange.com.
Are there secret hats?
If I told you, it wouldn't be much of a secret, would it?
Can I sell my hats?
No, hats are nontransferrable and cannot be sold in secondary markets.
Can I buy hats from you guys?
I...we...You know what, make us an offer and we'll talk. We only accept unicorn dollars, though.
Do any sites have custom hats?
There are two hats (The NeverEnding Story and What's Up, Doc?), that can only be earned on Stack Overflow. There are two other hats (Running Ragged and Polymath) that require participation on Stack Exchange sites other than Stack Overflow.
Why are you doing this to us?
For sites that have hats on by default, your moderator teams or your communities indicated that hats would be a fun, lighthearted thing to do. Why did we offer it in the first place? Because we thought it was a nice way to finish out another really amazing year. You can always decide you hate hats and turn them off.