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By default, this site will be opted into Winter Bash 2014. For those who are not familiar, here's a summary (courtesy of Jon Ericson):

Most of you probably remember previous years’ events, but I’ll recap anyway, for the newbies among us. Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain actions trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar can “wear”. We track everyone’s progress earning hats in a leaderboard that looks something like this:

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Winter Bash 2014 will again be available to all sites that choose to participate. We’re redesigning all the hats and adding some extra features to keep things fresh and exciting.

Some Details

This event will run from 15 December 2014 to 4 January 2015. Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on winterbash2014.stackexchange.com. 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. 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.

This is a fun event, so I personally recommend that we participate. Please chime in in the answers with your own feelings on the topic. Unless there is a strong anti-hat vibe out there in the ebook world, we will be bustin' out all sorts of weird headgear.

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  • I'm sure looking forward to it. I really want that beanie. – Nathan Osman Nov 19 '14 at 1:41
  • Bring on the head gear! – Jason Down Nov 20 '14 at 19:56
  • That winterbash2014 link is no longer online... – Daniel Nov 26 '14 at 13:47
  • @Daniel The link isn't active yet; it will be when the event starts. – elixenide Nov 26 '14 at 14:03
  • @EdCottrell oops, my fault - got complete retarded and thought christmas is in 2015. Maybe I need to get back into Future ;) – Daniel Nov 26 '14 at 14:05
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    @Daniel :) You had a fair point, anyway! – elixenide Nov 26 '14 at 14:08
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I do like those hats, maybe they could bring some more life inhere. (can we award hats for meta.eb activity too?)

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    The hat criteria are set by the Stack Exchange staff. As a guess, I'd predict that some of the hats will be awarded for meta activity, some will be available for either main-site or meta activity, and some will have secret criteria (you may not even know the hat exists until somebody earns it). – elixenide Nov 26 '14 at 14:06

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