A year ago Stack Exchange ran a Hat promotional event where you could earn "hats" for your gravatar (profile icon) to wear. Stack Exchange is going to do a second run of this promo, but they're going to run it on all sites, provided the site wants it. The hats will be more generic and not as ridiculous (no decapitated Wampa hats). Mods give the final go-ahead here, but I figured I'd ask and see; once there's a clear consensus one way or another we'll handle the rest.

Hats would be earned by completing tasks like editing a question, getting upvotes, stuff you do to get badges, but you can show them off while the event is active. These would show up only on the /User page and on question pages, and it sounds like there would be an option to turn them off.

So, as a community, do we want the hats promo? Y/N?

  • Obligatory Monty Python Reference
    – Erics
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 7:52
  • @Erics I see your Monthy Python and raise you Don Hertzfeldt
    – Zelda
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 14:37
  • Just to double-check - the hat-winning criteria are set by Stack Exchange centrally, correct? I was wondering if there was a way we could tie this into the Improvement Drive in some way. (meta.ux.stackexchange.com/questions/1151/…)
    – kastark
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 17:06
  • @dhmholley according to SE hats are 100% the same on all sites (unless they opt out) so there's no tie-in. But I imagine there'll be some for asking questions/etc which will organically be similar to the improvement drive's focus
    – Zelda
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 17:43
  • I can essentially confirm what @BenBrocka said. :)
    – Aarthi
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 17:53

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Yes. Yes indeed we do want hats.


It's geeky enough, so of course yes!

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Yes, who doesn't like hats?

Seriously though, what exactly would would have to happen for us not to take hats? I suggest:

  • If the total votes for this meta post are negative by 27th November then we say no to having them on the site (and just give our avatars their own hats through gravatar anyway)
  • If this question is in positive votes by 27th November then we go ahead.
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    I was thinking more like a couple days, not until the deadline. If someone's crazy against the idea that should be enough time, otherwise I doubt there will be an issue.
    – Zelda
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 4:32
  • @BenBrocka Also note that if the site opts in, any individual user can opt out by clicking a button. That will turn off all hats for that user AND that user won't be seen sporting any hats whatsoever. :)
    – Aarthi
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 16:53
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    @Aarthi so to be clear - an individual who opts out via the button will not see anyone wearing hats at all, and won't be awarded hats themselves? Sort of like a toggle on/off for the site just for them so the site appears as it is now?
    – JonW Mod
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 17:29
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    @JonW I believe they'll "earn" hats, but they won't be seen as wearing any, and they won't receive notifications about new hats. Basically, their hats go into the ether.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 18:04

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