Each December, the developers run a game / enhancement / treasure hunt that involves hats on avatars.

The event will run from 19 December 2016 up to and including 08 January 2017. The above 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. 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.

If anyone has a reason why we should hate hats as a site as opposed to individuals, an answer here is a great place to make that case.

  • 4
    I like the hats ⭅:)
    – Tuesday
    Dec 1, 2016 at 21:35
  • 1
    +1 for the question - nicely balanced... but you know the answer - Nuuuu... we love hats!! ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 7, 2016 at 15:31
  • I can't figure out who would down-vote this question... It basically asks a simple yes/no question as a community, with a solo opt-out clause. What could possibly deserve a down-vote? If you want or don't want hats, vote on one or more of the answers.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 13, 2016 at 21:04
  • Don't worry too much @Tetsujin - on meta people down vote things they don't want to see enacted. So a down vote here = an up vote for the no answer.
    – bmike Mod
    Dec 13, 2016 at 21:05
  • Hokay - fair enough. I guess it just seems simpler to vote on the yes/no answers to me ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 13, 2016 at 21:06
  • If I'm reading the "I Am Your Father" hat correctly, then answering or voting on this question that you don't want hats is worth... a hat. Dec 19, 2016 at 23:36

3 Answers 3


Hats are the best and we want hats.

A vote for this answer is a vote for no.

  • 8
    Does that include asshats? ;-) Dec 2, 2016 at 16:45
  • 4
    No one wants more ass unless they specifically ask for it, no?
    – bmike Mod
    Dec 2, 2016 at 19:13

Why should we opt out Winter Bash? Its always a fun game. Even developers need a little fun some times.

I Love Hats.

  • 1
    I couldn't think of a reason, but I wanted to check in case there were some.
    – bmike Mod
    Dec 6, 2016 at 12:29

Just for some balance on the voting [& not a reflection of my personal opinion] let's see how much activity this one can generate.

I don't mind down-votes.

We do not want hats. Please opt-out.

    – ecnepsnai
    Dec 10, 2016 at 21:32
  • ⤜( ⸟ ෴ ⸟ )⤏ none.
    – Tuesday
    Dec 11, 2016 at 19:44
  • 3
    Users have been proven to pay more hattention to questions during Winter Bash. Which is bad.
    – Kheldar
    Dec 14, 2016 at 8:52
  • -1 great answer but you don't need so much hattitude
    – owlswipe
    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:40
  • Taking one for the team :D
    – Ian C.
    Dec 20, 2016 at 3:41

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