I noticed on a few other SE sites that the traditional "Hats, or no hats?" season has begun - but apparently this year, instead of sites opting in, it's assumed that everyone wants hats unless a site opts out. (mods - is this true?)

If you've got no idea what I'm talking about, it's a fun thing called Winter Bash that Stack Exchange does every year to maintain advertising revenue while fewer people are working during the holiday season make the sites more fun and keep people contributing while people have holiday season related distractions. If you do certain things in late December / early January, you "win" hat-themed stickers for your profile picture. It's like special seasonal badges, but more fun.

So I'm assuming we're up for that? Let's vote...

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Traditionally, even when a site goes for it, individuals can choose to opt out (from a previous year's description):

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.

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    Yes. Sites will be opted in unless the moderators come screaming and yelling at us to opt out. The only hold-out from last year (besides MathOverflow) seems to be opting in this year. Dec 8, 2015 at 1:14
  • Why are there two answers instead of a single answer that can either end up positive or negative?
    – Ryan
    Dec 8, 2015 at 13:49
  • I think more users can upvote than downvote, so it'd bias the voting? But mostly this is just how I've seen it done Dec 8, 2015 at 13:59
  • Yeah but I'm pretty sure with this method now that your Answer for against got 3 downvotes new users can't even see it. Not that it matters, cause we love hats!
    – Ryan
    Dec 9, 2015 at 1:51

2 Answers 2


Yey, hats!

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Or, I don't want hats personally, but I'll opt out as an individual, which means I'll stay hatless and I won't see anyone else's hats.

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Booo, no hats, let's opt out so no-one can have hats.

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  • This is actually fun answer... [:o)
    – Rafael
    Jan 13, 2016 at 14:38

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