Farewell, Winter Bash 2017!


Last week, we bid farewell to Winter Bash and packed our Greatest Hats back into their boxes. It’s always a little sad to see the hats get put away for the year, but I always like to soothe my sorrows by reminiscing. (It’s only been a week and I’m nostalgic already.)

These hat shots came from the MSE community. Check them all out here!

The very first hat to be earned was Foot of the Rainbow, earned by Eran on Stack Overflow mere minutes after the event began. The first secret hat (spoiler alert) was awarded almost immediately thereafter: Ooh, Shiny! went to Olaf, also on Stack Overflow. A whopping 23 hats were discovered on that very first day, with the remaining hats trickling in over the next few days (except for the date-based hats like Row Of Many Candles, Glasses With A Number On Top, and a handful of others, which were awarded on their corresponding dates, naturally).

The most-awarded hat was And YOU Get A Hat!, which was awarded to every user on a site as soon as 20 other hats had been unlocked on that site. The hat was awarded 197,452 times to 170,786 distinct users. The first site to unlock it was Stack Overflow, followed by Mathematics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Movies & TV, Meta Stack Exchange, and Unix & Linux. The last sites to unlock it were Webmasters, Pets, and Parenting, who all squeaked in under the wire on January 2.

That’s enough stats for one post, but there’s a ton more where that came from on the public stats page, new for this year (thanks @balpha!).

Now, Winter Bash isn’t really a competitive event, but why should we let that stop us from having a leaderboard? Please join me in congratulating the #1 hat earners network-wide. This year it was a 4-way tie between A J, David, alecxe, and JonathanReez.

This is alecxe’s second appearance at the top of the hat podium (first was in 2016) and David’s third (2015 & 2016). Congratulations to alecxe on the repeat and to David on the hat trick!

For the first time ever (to my knowledge but don’t hold me to it), Winter Bash featured an IRL hat component this year. They’re punny, festive, and even downright delicious. Check them out – you might even see some of them make their way into Winter Bash 2018…

From all of us at Stack Overflow/Exchange, thank you for everything you do throughout the year to build the amazing communities that make up our network. We hope you enjoyed this year’s trip down Hat-Related Memory Lane and the chance to spread a little merriment around the sites.

That’s all for Winter Bash 2017: Greatest Hats. See you next year!

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  1. So what was up with the Not a Chicken URL? https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/304391/155668

    1. Yahav Burstein says:

      The whole chicken thing was about Konami code in the Winter Bash homepage, which caused a chicken to appear. Everything posted in chat was meant to help us find that easter egg, and the URL was just another joke, with no real meaning.

      1. Ahhh, got it. Just wanted to make sure, that’s all.

  2. Abhishek Aggrawal says:

    I thought you’d give links to all mad-hatters’ profiles, given that the leaderboard link might not be available in the future.

  3. Ankit Sharma says:

    I missed first place just by one hat but still got into hall of fame o/

    1. Anubhav Balodhi says:

      Haha! And i thought my inverted black “moustache ” hat was funny 😛

  4. Raul Gallegos says:

    I thought there was going to be also mentions for the first places on the other sites (at least on StackOverflow 🙁 ) Well I’ll try to win on the whole StackExchange next year 😉

  5. Alexander Afanasiev says:

    Stack Overflow/Exchange, thank you very much for organizing yet another awesome Winter Bash event! Looking forward to the next one!

  6. The description of all the hats, including the secret ones, can be found in Winter Bash 2017 Hats.

    Perhaps include that in the blog post?

  7. Anant Singh says:

    It’s been great to participate in winter bash and enters into the new year with some more hopes and happiness.Great work By community. Looking forward to something new and interesting like this.

    I have an idea that why not to send Some StcakOverflow/different other sites T-shirts to your programers all over the world having good reputation on any of your sites.It will encourage them to do more help on the sites.

    Ask them to send there picture clicked with the t-shirt and show it somewhere on the site same like WinterBash.(Add a tab where people can see those peoples who got t-shirts)

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