EDIT: Please provide feedback on the Winter Bash over on Meta Stack Overflow:

If you participated in Arqade, you may have noticed the Holiday 2011 Hat Dash last year. It was an event where users could earn "hats" for their gravatars by completing various tasks. It's a somewhat specialized form of a badge in that triggering certain actions would unlock a hat.


Stack Exchange is running the promotion again, but this time extending the event to all sites. However, we as a site have to opt-in in order to participate. This is completely optional, and there is no obligation to partake in this event at all. If we do choose to participate individual users can choose to opt-out via an "I hate hats" option that will be available.

Since Fitness.SE has had some very good activity over the past few months, this perhaps would be a fun thing for users and engage the community some more.

If you feel like this is a good idea, please voice your opinion. A response for the site will have to be in by November 28, 2012 if we want to participate. No response automatically means that we will opt-out of the event.

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    Absolutely we want hats! Nov 14, 2012 at 5:33
  • Me too! (but I can't upvote myself)
    – Matt Chan
    Nov 14, 2012 at 12:30
  • Looks like a good idea to get people involved in areas they never have been before.
    – Baarn
    Nov 14, 2012 at 18:56
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    I thought this was about real hats :(
    – user4644
    Nov 30, 2012 at 17:31
  • Aww, sorry to burst your bubble. But that might not be a bad idea for SE swag. :)
    – Matt Chan
    Nov 30, 2012 at 19:09

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I'm seeing a good number of votes and positive responses here so far, so I've sent in the opt-in response to the Stack Exchange team. Thanks for the feedback!

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