So the Winterbash season is upon us already (still feels weird when it's summer in Australia), and we need to vote on whether travel.SE gets it. Please vote accordingly below.

For everyone who wasn't here last year - for a few weeks in late December and early January you can earn "hats" (fun images you can add to your profile picture) for different activities on the site (last year: http://stackpromos.com/promos/16/winter-bash-2015). There's usually a bit of competition to find the best hats (some are secret, some are difficult to earn), and the most hats out there ;)

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    It seems like the choice has always been Hats or Nohats, but when you look at their platforms and record, aside from having or not having hats, the two parties are basically identical: mindcorrosive vs. mindcorrosive, RoflcoptrException vs RoflcoptrException. And now, no offense, it's Mark Mayo vs Mark Mayo— neither of whom even live in a part of the world where it's winter. No wonder the electorate is disillusioned. So I decline to side either with I'm With Hats or with Make Hatlessness Great Again. I guess I'll have to write someone in. – choster Nov 30 '16 at 2:17
  • @choster welcome to the meritocracy ;) – Mark Mayo Nov 30 '16 at 3:08
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    Finally the hats are back again! – RoflcoptrException Nov 30 '16 at 6:51
  • Which of the candidates had their own private email server? – Zach Lipton Nov 30 '16 at 8:50
  • @ZachLipton all of them ;) But I only store pictures of cats. Probably. – Mark Mayo Nov 30 '16 at 9:36
  • Cat pictures i.e. ones of the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office? That makes you suspicious! – Jan Nov 30 '16 at 20:45
  • By the way, I’m surprised this question didn’t attract any close votes yet! – Jan Dec 1 '16 at 1:00
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    I'm voting to close this question because @Jan thinks it should have close votes. – Zach Lipton Dec 1 '16 at 5:17
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    Why are we even asking this question?! Bring on the hats! – JoErNanO Dec 1 '16 at 14:21
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    I asked Neanderthal to come back and join the hat thingie. He scored 2nd place last year. I won't repeat his answer here because flags would be raised. So for myself, I'm in. Count me as an enthusiastic consumer of hat mystique and hat glory. – Gayot Fow Dec 2 '16 at 1:26
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    Erm... what is Winterbash? Some context to this question might be good. – user42547 Dec 3 '16 at 20:22
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    @FighterJet - good question. You earn hats (some secret, some detailed) for different activities on the site (last year: stackpromos.com/promos/16/winter-bash-2015). There's usually a bit of competition to find the best hats, and most hats out there ;) – Mark Mayo Dec 4 '16 at 13:10
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    @pnuts featured posts timeout on their own, but good point, removed – Mark Mayo Dec 22 '16 at 22:51

Yes, yes, give me hats and give them to me now!

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    Where the hell are the hats?! It's cold here. – JoErNanO Dec 16 '16 at 17:26
  • @JoErNanO they're here now, good luck ;) – Mark Mayo Dec 20 '16 at 10:41

Hats are nice but we should be getting sleighs too! Or something!


Take your stupid hats and leave. I'm here to answer travel questions, not win virtual fashion accessories.

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    As an FYI for anyone vehemently anti-hats: there's usually an option for individual users to opt out of all the hat-related tomfoolery. If I remember right there's usually a link "I hate hats" that appears on the temporary hat-related inbox, which turns it all off for that user – user56reinstatemonica8 Dec 2 '16 at 14:13
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    @user568458 correct, that will exist again this year. – Mark Mayo Dec 4 '16 at 13:10
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    Why, no, everyone loves hats! – Top Questions Dec 5 '16 at 13:23

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