It's that time of year again. Last year, we participated and enjoyed it. Hopefully, this will be as fun as previous years.

For those that don't remember, users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain actions would trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar could then "wear". For example, editing a post would yield an editor-themed hat (fedora with pen) to the editor.

Cats love hats.

This event starts 12 December 2018 to 2 January 2019. Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on winterbash2018.stackexchange.com. That site will also have a landing page, explaining the rules and other details of the event.

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.

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Bring out the hats!

Photo of a Druplicon wearing a Santa hat

Image credit: Agiledrop


The countdown is on ...


Winter Bash 2018 Start


Winter Bash 2018 Start

  • Looks like the countdown had a DST bug in it...
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 3:10
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    I suggest you start a new countdown ... to 2 January 2019 ... Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 19:53
  • @Pierre.Vriens LMAO this new countdown made my day.
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 20:34
  • @NoSssweat really? Because of the colors maybe (I'm from BE, can you tell ...)? BTW who or what is LMAO, do I know him or her, and if so then why not? Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 21:43
  • @Pierre.Vriens LMAO
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 21:51

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