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Winter Bash is a fun, lighthearted event SE runs every year as a way of celebrating the many amazing people who make the communities awesome. It's open to any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate.

During Winter Bash, users earn virtual hats by completing certain tasks. They're sort of like badges, but they're more visible and less permanent. Hats can be "worn" on users' avatars just about anywhere avatars show up on the network. Here's an example of what some hats looked like last year, taken from the network leaderboard:

Of course, SE is rolling out an all-new assortment of hats for this year's event, as they have in the past.

The Details

This year's event will start soon. Users will be able to see all the hats they've earned on http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com. That site will also have an FAQ to explain how things work.

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. And just like last time, at the end of the event, all hats will go back into storage.

The only visual change to the Stack Exchange sites themselves will be the presence of the hats and the “I hate hats” button in the footer.

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  • The only visual change to the Stack Exchange sites themselves will be the presence of the hats and the “I hate hats” button in the footer. Last year there was also a snowflake icon in the top black bar, which opened a control panel. Is this no longer the case? Dec 13, 2016 at 11:06
  • @FedericoPoloni Winterbash hasn't yet started.
    – egreg Mod
    Dec 13, 2016 at 11:07
  • I know, but my question still stands. Will those two be the only visual changes to the site? Dec 13, 2016 at 11:13
  • @FedericoPoloni: We really don't know nothing about that.
    – Charo Mod
    Dec 13, 2016 at 20:50
  • @Charo Then why claiming that the only visual change to the Stack Exchange sites themselves will be the presence of the hats and the “I hate hats” button in the footer, if you don't know for sure? Dec 13, 2016 at 22:41
  • @FedericoPoloni That sentence is taken directly from the mail I got from the staff announcing the Winterbash and asking for discussing it among the site members.
    – egreg Mod
    Dec 13, 2016 at 23:07
  • @egreg So it's confirmed that what the staff wrote to you was not the truth. They should be on Santa's list of naughty kids for this year. Dec 19, 2016 at 11:53
  • @FedericoPoloni In the footer of the pop up window when you click on the snowflake you find the “I hate hats” button. I see no difference from last year.
    – egreg Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:56
  • Yes, but it's different from what they promised: The only visual change to the Stack Exchange sites themselves will be the presence of the hats and the “I hate hats” button in the footer. Nothing about snowflakes in the header bar. Dec 19, 2016 at 11:57
  • @FedericoPoloni: You're right!!
    – Charo Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:25
  • I don't think that the message itself is much different from last year's.
    – egreg Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:28
  • @egreg: Yes, it's more or less the same.
    – Charo Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 22:58

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Upvote = Yes! Please sign us up for hats!

Downvote = No thank you, I'd rather enjoy a regular day at the office.

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I find all this very funny, so I'm happy that our site is participating in Winter Bash again.

Now you can see our hats here.

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  • Vedo che è arrivata la Befana! Nel mio quartiere, Gaspare, Melchiorre e Baldassarre sono arrivati da alcuni giorni e ogni sera si organizzano lunghe code di bambini che vogliono consegnargli le loro lettere.
    – Charo Mod
    Jan 5, 2017 at 15:10

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