It's that time of year again! We're once again participating in Winter Bash!

While this is a "just for fun" activity, I've reached out to TLG about it, and it sounds like they are willing to provide a prize for us. The winner will be selected randomly from everyone who earns at least 3 hats on Bricks Stack Exchange. You can track your progress on the Bricks SE leaderboards.

I'm excluding myself and the other mods from this as we may have access to unique hats via moderator-only actions, and we want to have a level playing field. I'm willing to be flexible if the winner already has this set, but otherwise the prize will be the current Winter Holiday Train:

Holiday Train

The goal here is to facilitate positive engagement on the site both to celebrate the holidays and because this is the time of year when we get a lot of new traffic from parents and others just getting into LEGO thanks to the holiday shopping season.

My hope is that providing a prize for this will facilitate meaningful engagement on the site. Please don't make useless edits to posts or participate in similar shenanigans just to earn hats. Your actions should provide value to the community.

I will need to provide a report to TLG about what sort of engagement this event helped to facilitate, so if you want to see more of this sort of thing happen in the future, go earn some hats!

Happy holidays everyone!

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    For a full list of regular and secret hats please take a look here!
    – Ambo100 Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 18:16
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    When is the drawing happening? End of winterbash?
    – user9705
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 18:35
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    @Riker The drawing will happen very close to the end of Winter Bash.
    – jncraton Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 21:54
  • Very cool contest, did you see any uptick in the metrics? Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 2:07
  • @Raystafarian It's hard to say. We certainly saw engagement with Winter Bash, but it's unclear how much having a contest impacted this. We always see an uptick in traffic during November/December thanks to the holiday season, and this year was no exception.
    – jncraton Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 2:40

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We had 91 users earn a hat in Winter Bash this year! We hope that you all had fun!

39 users earned at least 3 hats, so excluding the moderators, we had 36 of us eligible for the drawing. About a quarter of those user accounts were created in the last month. It is exciting to see participation from new users, and it looks like this activity may have driven at least a few people to really give our community a try for the first time.

The following users were eligible for the prize drawing:

Alexander O'Mara
Phil B.
Crazy Ivan
Nick C
David Lechner
André Fernandes
Michael Verschaeve
Rory Alsop
Alberto Santos
sampoerna quatrain
Jan Windemuth
Josh King
RAP 77

For winner selection, I used the random.org list randomizer to sort the above list and used the top result as the winner.

The winner this year is Phil B.! Phil has been a very active member of our community for over three years, and I'm very excited to see this go to him! Congrats!

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    Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for running this fun competition, and good to see so many new members take up the challenge!
    – Phil B.
    Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 2:04
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    Thanks for running this jncranton, and congrats to Phil B - a well deserved winner ;) Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 14:45

36 Users have 3 or more hats right now!*

How exciting that TLG is recognizing our site as a place to get information about their products!

Let us not let them down!

* excluding three moderators


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