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 (and the other mods I hope) think this is a great opportunity for us to grow and get even more awesome content as we head towards gradumatation.

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.

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    I want a sombrero. I won't approve this motion unless mods get sombreros.
    – Caleb
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 21:00
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    @Caleb: No good without Mickey Mouse pants. Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 21:18
  • If you have specific issues/concerns with this promotion please share your concerns in the comments or in an answer. I'll address them as I see them or find someone who can.
    – wax eagle
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 21:59
  • Would the "NO" voters on this care to drop an answer or even a comment with a compelling reason why this should not happen? Remember you will be able to hide them from your personal site experience, but if there is any reason to avoid them for all visitors site-wide, this would be the time to state your case in an answer...
    – Caleb
    Commented Nov 17, 2012 at 17:30
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    I too want a sombrero on my head, but only if it comes with authentic Argentian garb! Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 14:01
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    Heads up. I was going to lock this now as we've made the decision (but lock doesn't work for this IMO). However, if you'd like to raise a meta complaint/suggestion/comment please go ahead and open a new question.
    – wax eagle
    Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 14:03

2 Answers 2


It looks like you guys were generally in favor of the idea, so we have replied to SE with an affirmative opt-in for our site. Expect your head topping options to show up for a couple weeks at the end of December.

For the record, the vote tally as of Nov 20th when we called it, this meta post was +13/-2, with no comments or answers giving any reasoning for the negative votes.


I do, I do, I do like hats.

I hope it's not as generic as the rest of the site. If it is, it won't be much fun!

Definitely need one of these:

Priest Hat


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