The end of the year is upon us, and here in Stack Land, that can only mean one thing: it's time for Winter Bash 2015!

Event Overview

Winter Bash is a fun, lighthearted event we run every year as a way of celebrating the many amazing people who make our 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, we’re rolling out an all-new assortment of hats for this year's event, as we have in the past.

The Details

This year's event will start on 14 December 2015 and run up to and including 03 January 2016. Users will be able to see all the hats they've earned on http://winterbash2015.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.

This has been good fun for all involved in the past, but as before we want to give you the opportunity to say, actually no, not this year. Remember though that if you opt out individually you won't see any Hats regardless of what everyone else is seeing :)

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Winter Bash 2015 has finished and we all had fun. Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 14:09
  • I feel like closing a question has a negative connotation...
    – user6907
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 19:55
  • It's more than acceptable to close questions on meta when the issues they relate to are fixed (in the case of bug) or time specific issues (such as this one). Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 3:15
  • Good to see you, Z! Yeah, I just realized that I overlooked the status-completed tag... And also that people here seem localized to bricks.se. I'm somewhat new to this particular site, just talking from the experience of having moderated other sites. I suppose it means whatever we want!
    – user6907
    Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 3:29

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Having had support from the community to run the last three Winter Bash Events on LEGO Answers, I'm sure we won't have any objections this year.


Looks like we're all having a lot of fun with our hats again ;)

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