It's almost time for Winter Bash 2017!

For several years now, Stack Exchange has run a holiday event called Winter Bash! It's a fun little event where users collect "hats" that you can wear on your avatars by doing various things (post on a certain day, get a question to a certain score, and things like that).

This year the event will start on December 13, 2017, and it'll run up to and including January 3, 2018. After that, the hats we've earned will all disappear.

Long story short . . .

Hats are coming again soon! :-)

(Note: Users who don't want to see hats will be able to click a button labeled "I hate hats".)

  • What do you mean "hats that you can wear on your avatars" ? Do I have avatars in this site? Where? Just passing by.... :D Dec 8, 2017 at 13:44
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    @McMillanCheng When I say "avatar", I'm referring to the square image that appears on your profile and on your posts. They're called by various names on different websites, including "profile picture" or "icon". Mine is a picture of a snail, so as soon as Winter Bash starts, I can put hats on that snail :-)
    – user230
    Dec 8, 2017 at 15:53
  • Wow! Sounds great! I am looking forward.. :D.. Thanks for your explanation. Dec 8, 2017 at 16:06
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    Why not transform earned hats into rep point when it's their time to disappear? Dec 11, 2017 at 13:33
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    @SovereignSun - No, no, no. Just enjoy the hats.
    – J.R. Mod
    Dec 13, 2017 at 0:53
  • @Sovereign this is just supposed to be a fun, little bit silly game. Rep is sometimes a holy war O.o
    – M.A.R.
    Dec 19, 2017 at 10:37
  • @M.A.R. Everything in life should have a good reason to exist, fun is nothing really, it's rubbish. These hats really don't make sense if they are only for fun. I, personally, can't see anything funny about them. Dec 19, 2017 at 11:10
  • @SovereignSun 8 Health Benefits of Having Fun You may not find the hats fun, that's OK, but don't go saying that there's no point to fun, because that's just simply not true. There are numerous scientific studies on fun and its benefits.
    – ColleenV
    Dec 19, 2017 at 16:17

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This is this
And that is that
Now I can't wait
To wear a hat!

(Some news is so good it just provokes spontaneous rhyme.)

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    This or that, that and this, when you wear a hat, you just can't miss.
    – ColleenV
    Dec 5, 2017 at 21:49
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    @ColleenV - The hats are here! I think that's great. No longer do we need to wait.
    – J.R. Mod
    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:57

Winter bash hats rock.
So don't you click "I hate hats."
You know you like them.

Haiku courtesy of my husband

I'm looking at you Arau-"bah humbug"-caria ... 8)


Booh! I hate hats. Especially during the festive season.

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