It's hat time of year again...

Stack Exchange is doing Winterbash again. We joined the fun last year, so I was looking to get opinions about this year.

This year, it will run from 16 December 2013 to 3 January 2014. It is essentially, as enderland said last year, a "totally fun feature with no drawbacks" (unless you hate hats, or fun).

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    Great, someone else found my comment from last year so I didn't even have to look it up! :)
    – enderland
    Nov 19, 2013 at 13:33
  • I thought we had a no fun policy here :p Nov 19, 2013 at 14:36
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    And if you do hate hats, or fun, you can say so and the site won't trouble you with having to look at fun hats. Nov 19, 2013 at 15:25
  • Flag as "Let's do this"
    – CMW
    Nov 20, 2013 at 16:04
  • Is the goal of "hats" something other than "let's have fun by doing something goofy"? I have to agree with some of the sentiment expressed here that workplace doesn't permit much in the way of fun, so it would seem odd that for a few weeks we would basically say "fun is good", and then change back to "fun is not allowed". But perhaps there's another reason behind this? Nov 21, 2013 at 12:01
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    @JoeStrazzere - It's not that we hate fun. It's just that the fun can't be the main goal of a question or an answer; otherwise, it's just noise that prevents us from helping people. Please see this MSO post for a more in-depth answer on how we should approach humor. Hope this helps!
    – jmort253
    Nov 30, 2013 at 21:22

4 Answers 4


Yes, we should have hats! Vote here

(Only upvotes will be counted)


I have always thought the letters look better with hats. I fully agree with this glorious venture.

a ⇒ â

c ⇒ ĉ

d ⇒ ḓ

e ⇒ ê

g ⇒ ĝ

h ⇒ ĥ

i ⇒ î

j ⇒ ĵ

l ⇒ ḽ

n ⇒ ṋ

o ⇒ ô

s ⇒ ŝ

t ⇒ ṱ

u ⇒ û

w ⇒ ŵ

y ⇒ ŷ

z ⇒ ẑ

Vive le chapeau!



No, I don't think I would want a hat. For many profile icons that are out there, a lot of them are indeed icons from the yore. It would desecrate the icons themselves, IMO. It would bother me to see the profile icon of say Dalai Lama or a happy-buddha wear a hat. Also it would be disturbing to see other icons which are sentimental in nature, wear a hat. Head gear has huge social impact in many parts of the world.

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    Participation (including both displaying your own hat and seeing other users' hats) is entirely optional.
    – yoozer8
    Nov 20, 2013 at 21:32
  • Pretty sure the Dalai Lama would be all for hats. Cowboy hats. Lama hats. Patriots baseball caps. The man is clearly all for hats.
    – jmac
    Nov 21, 2013 at 0:19
  • @jmac I just watched 10 questions for D.L. yesterday. What an interesting man he is. Am sure he would also throw hats into the crowd and infect everyone with his smile and humor :) Nov 21, 2013 at 15:49
  • Do you realize your icon is the Fat Monk (not a Happy Siddhartha Gautama (commonly known as The Buddha))?
    – GreenMatt
    Nov 21, 2013 at 20:29
  • @GreenMatt Yes sir. Matter of fact, its the laughing buddha. But I just gave it a spin of my own understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Hope you dont mind :) .. oh btw. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was the preacher of the middle path. It is said he was neither happy nor sad. He was just aware. So there really is no happy Gautama Buddha Nov 21, 2013 at 20:44
  • @Jim Got it. I thought you were polling for an opinion. Nov 21, 2013 at 20:47
  • @happybuddha I am; just wanted to provide some clarification.
    – yoozer8
    Nov 21, 2013 at 21:39

No, we don't like hats, or fun! Vote here

(Only upvotes will be counted)

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    Do downvotes mean we don't like hats? Or is this a double negative, meaning a downvote means we like hats?
    – jmort253
    Nov 19, 2013 at 17:35
  • @jmort253 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 17:53
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    Part of me feels like casting a delete vote for this just to show how much I do want hats ;)
    – enderland
    Nov 19, 2013 at 23:47
  • Good thing that Meta doesn't care much about downvoting with rep ;-) Nov 19, 2013 at 23:54
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    I am torn I really like hats... but we hate fun here at SE. So if we get hats no one should be allowed to have fun with them. Nov 20, 2013 at 15:05
  • I am confused with this, seeing this answer now downvoted.
    – Hugo Rocha
    Dec 18, 2013 at 18:48
  • Oh well... Like I said above though, only the upvotes would be counted for determining if a site wants hats Dec 18, 2013 at 18:50

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