Last year, on our Gaming site, we hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). 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. I've included some examples from last year in the attachments.

Some examples:

Raven pirate users with hats

This year.. we have the option of participating as well!

This event will run from 19 December 2012 to 4 January 2013. Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on http://winterba.sh. That site will also have a landing page, explaining the rules and other details of the event.

Individual users who don’t want to participate, don’t want to see hats, and/or are generally anti-hat will have an "I hate hats" option available, just as we had on Gaming last year.

The only visual change to the site itself will be the presence of the hats and the "I hate hats" button in the footer.

What do you guys think? Should we participate?

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    Hats! Hats are the best! :D
    – Aarthi
    Nov 14, 2012 at 16:35
  • How long would the hats be visible on the site? Only for that date range or permanently? Nov 15, 2012 at 21:40
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    The ones on Gaming where visible only for the date range. That said, IMHO it would be cool if the behaviour was extended - keep the hats, but wear them only in special periods (sort of an advanced badge).
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 16, 2012 at 7:37
  • Sounds like fun!
    – bgmCoder
    Nov 17, 2012 at 21:03
  • @Kit-Menke Aarthi just sent a reminder if we want to participate, could you mail her and say we opt-in? Nov 26, 2012 at 9:09
  • @AndersRask Yep will do!
    – Kit Menke
    Nov 27, 2012 at 14:42
  • @KitMenke ... Remember to post on the 21... don't want to lose that....
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 20, 2012 at 12:57
  • Oh geez.. now people are voting on bad questions just to get hats.
    – Kit Menke
    Dec 21, 2012 at 16:49

3 Answers 3


The real question should be: "which hats do you want to see?"...

Trad: just go for it and start thinking about something SharePoint-themed ^_^'.

Some suggestion (updated as new hats come to mind):

Clippy Hat: 10 answers that where flagged as "this post does not really answer the question" (OOKK, just joking here).

Voodoo Mask (has some Office simbols hanging): something similar to the necromancer badge - have to think about it.

Say SharePoint and Enter (A Moria-like gate with the SharePoint logo): ten answers about claims, form auth and so on.

Kitchen Timer (A tomato-shaped kitchen timer): 10 answers on questions tagged as "timer job".

Living Fossil (Nautilus shaped): Asked a question / posted an answer to a question tagged 2003.

Santa Little Helper (Elf-like hat and ears): one flag was deemed usefull.

Santa Claus (need to say?): manually awarded a bounty on the 25 of december.

Robot Santa (based on the Futurama char.): deleted a bounty-pending question. OR voted to delete/close X bad question/answer.

I love Version Tags (Jeff avatar hairs - Coding Horror logo): removed at last 20 useless version tags. See here.

Dromedary (a dromedary head): answered 10 questions tagged CAML (for the ones that don't get the joke... here)

Legendary Super User (Yellow, sparking, pointy hairs): reputation level is over nine thousand...

Evil Mastermind (Mandark styled): have asked a question titled "How to corrupt content database?". Why should it use that graphic? Search the question and you will understand :P (hope @Shoban doesn't get mad for this ^_^ - always loved that question, and actually tried to find some creative answer)

We are the robots (Cardboard Robot styled, with Conchords logo): triggered the Captcha check (and let's hope that the check is the same as Stack...).

April fool special guests:

Weaponizzed Pony (Unicorn Head): entered the code while on the meta site. Can add some cornify bonus for added effect.

[Title] Princess (Pink unicorn head with crown, wings and glittering effect): secret hat - requirement unknown. Must perform some specific actions while wearing the Weaponizzed Pony hat. Note that the title is random and changes beetween words like "Cute", "Glittering", "Nice" and so on...

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    Haha! The Clippy hat would be awesome. :)
    – Kit Menke
    Nov 15, 2012 at 14:27
  • Yes, but would anyone post 10 out-of-context answers just for the joy of it? (And would you really want to fix them?)
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 15, 2012 at 16:07
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    I'm all about the Dromedary hat lol. Nov 16, 2012 at 21:40
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    OVER NINE THOUSAND! Nov 19, 2012 at 17:35

One of the moderators needs to respond by 28th November if we are going to do the Hat Dash. The default is to opt out.

My reading of this thread is that there isn't a great deal of enthusiasm and maybe it's not for us.

Let the mods know if you want the Hat Dash.

  • I am starting to think that is the idea of the prizes that make people opt out of this. With the gamer Hat Dash you could win a console/some game if I don't recall wrong. Here some rumors says that you will win a Clippy peluche or a office logo t-shirt.... no wonder people are scared....
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 26, 2012 at 13:14
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    I feel like we might as well stir things up a little and try it out. :)
    – Kit Menke
    Nov 27, 2012 at 14:45
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    @KitMenke, seeing the "great traffic" that meta usually gets, I belive that many of the user didn't even READ this post... so go figure. I belive that the decision is your. Or you can reverse the pool "all the evil, black hearted people that DON'T like hats (and unicorns, a thing that alone should be sufficient to issue a ban) post now or suffer in silence for about three weeks"
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 27, 2012 at 15:37
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    @SPArchaeologist Agreed. I don't think anyone actually reads meta except the mods and a few people bored at work. Nov 28, 2012 at 21:40
  • Time Up. Game Over.
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 29, 2012 at 14:47
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    I think Kit already signed us up.
    – SPDoctor
    Nov 29, 2012 at 15:51
  • Ya, just noticed (evil evil evil Kit that forgot to add a @SPArchaeologist in his comment, forcing me to actually re-read the thread ^_^). Returning to the "create hat list" mode then.
    – SPArcheon
    Nov 30, 2012 at 7:52
  • @KitMenke - any news?
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 12, 2012 at 8:30
  • @SPArchaeologist All quiet so far. I will ask tomorrow.
    – Kit Menke
    Dec 12, 2012 at 14:44
  • @KitMenke, Thanks - good to know. BTW, they need more ideas?
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 12, 2012 at 14:46
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    @SPArchaeologist I think they probably already good to go but I can ask that too.
    – Kit Menke
    Dec 12, 2012 at 14:47
  • Hats are up. Clippy hat missing. Hulk angry. Hulk smash.
    – SPArcheon
    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:20

The hat dash is a great idea, I rarely get time to come on meta, (I SHOULD MORE) SPDoctor can announce it at SPS12 at the end of his talk :P

*Volunteers him*

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