Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo from last year (and another!).


This year, SE is planning to run it for everyone because we all love hats, right? right?

But to get this awesome hat promotion we have to opt in. That means acting on this meta post, whether that's voting it up, answering in the affirmative, positive comments and/or just directing positive energy this direction.

I think this is a good chance at a bit of harmless fun, that could potentially help keep site traffic up through the northern hemisphere winter (when traffic usually dies down a bit for us).

HOWEVER: this promotion is optional for sites, and/or individual users. If the users of this site do not want this in general feel free to voice that opinion. We can opt out of the promotion. Individual users will be able to opt out as well (they will be provided with an "I hate Hats" link to opt out).

Again, please let us know what you think as this is your site not ours.

(Majority of content blatantly stolen from waxeagle's post on meta.christianity.)

UPDATE: I sent off the email, making it official. We will be on the hat plan.

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    Blatant theft? I approve this! :P No, actually, waxeagle has a fine way with words. :) – Aarthi Nov 13 '12 at 21:05
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    Only if all the hats are safe biking with! – Baarn Nov 15 '12 at 16:41
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    @Informaficker: 3/5ths of the hats I posted in the answer fit under a bicycle helmet quite nicely. – freiheit Nov 15 '12 at 17:12

Yay Hats!

It's just a bit of harmless fun. If somebody doesn't like it, they can just click the I hate hats button, and the hats will all go away.

freiheit in a top hat with a ridiculous mustache freiheit in a cycling cap. black with white racing stripe freiheit in a patchwork wool flat cap. freiheit in a brown wool cycling cap with ear flaps up freiheit with belgian-style ear flaps down freiheit in a cycling cap. Grey wool with a black racing stripe

See. None of those hats hurt anybody. The ear flaps were a bit warm for in the office, though.

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  • That first one is amazing. – Aarthi Nov 13 '12 at 22:29
  • @Aarthi: I was at a local steampunk event – freiheit Nov 13 '12 at 22:37
  • It just keeps getting better. – Aarthi Nov 13 '12 at 22:38
  • This is the best "hats or no hats?" post on any meta anywhere. – nhinkle Nov 14 '12 at 6:09
  • MOAR HATS!!!!!! – freiheit Nov 14 '12 at 21:53
  • nice 'tache there @freiheit! Moar hats are always good! – Rory Alsop Nov 16 '12 at 9:41

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