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As you may have noticed, the top bar on this site (and every other Stack Exchange site) has a new icon button that looks like an ice crystal. This button is available for the duration of Winter Bash, a yearly event during which you can earn "hats" by participating in the site.

Below are a few examples of hats you can earn:

  • "Taco Tuesday Any Day": post three answers that get at least three upvotes each.
  • "Identification Division": earn a silver badge.
  • "Too cool": vote seven times via the app.
  • "Like Clockwork": visit the site on 10 consecutive days.
  • "Fascinator": do a search on the site on three consecutive days.

There are many other hats and a few secret hats (which Stack Exchange users quickly figure out). When you earn a hat, you can position it over your avatar. Of course, participation in this "hatarchy" is entirely optional; you can opt out (and opt in again) at any time.

Winter Bash 2017 will end on 3 January 2018, after which all hats will disappear and everything will return to normal.

After last year's Winter Bash, our site got an "honourable mention" on the Stack Overflow blog:

A big congratulations goes out to Language Learning, as it only took 2 users to unlock the ["Just Here for the Hat"] hat, with one user having 18 of the distinct hats.

Let's see if we can repeat this in this year's Winter Bash!

Update: Here is the leaderboard for our site.

Note: As of 11 April 2018, this question is locked in order to prevent the Community User from bumping it up to the homepage.

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Winterbash 2017 is now over. On our site, 35 users collectively managed to earn a total of 60 hats.

Winterbash 2017 leaderboard: 35 users from this site have earned a total of 60 hats!. Top users: Christophe Strobbe (8 hats), bytebuser (4 hats), fi12 (4 hats)

The hats are gone now, but we can have another go at them in 11.5 months!

Update: Farewell, Winter Bash 2017! on the Stack Overflow Blog (10 January 2018).

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