Adios to Winter Bash 2018

The 2018 Winter Bash festivities have come to an end. It was a fun season, especially with the addition of the sweater mini-game. As is our custom, we’ll recap a bit here on some of the stats for the hats as well as post some of the many outrageously attractive avatars we found across the network.

This year we saw a 5-way tie for most hats earned during Winter Bash! However, the question still remains… did they earn all of the possible hats? Congratulations to these winners!

This year also featured a few secret hats which were awarded multiple times.  Many of you were able to find them and wear them. The top 2 hats that were awarded were the Still Fresh hat (awarded to over 203K people) and the Retro Fan hat (awarded over 170K times). The first hat to be awarded during Winter Bash was the Still Fresh hat which many of you received. Next was the Retro Fan hat which was awarded to 林果皞, Perdi Estaquel, and Artur Czyżewski at the same time as soon as Winter Bash launched!  Third was the Identification Division hat which MatthewMartin won 2 seconds after Winter Bash began.

The hat that was least awarded was the Red Baron hat – only 13 people earned it so if you won it, congratulations!

Now I’d like to share some of the hats that we found across the network that brought a smile to our faces.


We also have some fabulous sweater designs to share.  Check these out!

And if those were not enough, here’s two more from our overachievers!

It has been a wonderful 2018 and we look forward to what 2019 may bring for all of us.  Thank you all for your enthusiasm participation, and support.

Out of curiosity, which hats did you like the best this year?

Update: Here’s a couple of screenshots of stats that may interest you:



Juan M
Manager, International Community Team

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  1. I liked the Rubber Ducky hat best. Just looking at it made me laugh, and it suited my avatar. Every time I explained the story behind it to a non-SE non-techy person they were rofl.

    1. That was a great hat, i agree with you!

  2. Caleb Kleveter says:

    Will we find out what the triggers for the secret hats where? There are a few that where never figured out (, and in that past the bash ending blog post revealed these.

    1. Marc Scheuner says:

      Yeah, my feelings, too – what were those secret hats for?? Sure – it’s fun to know they’re “secret” – but what was the reason/trigger behind them?? That would be really great to know!!

    2. a stone arachnid says:

      The triggers are all revealed on the Winter Bash 2018 Hat List post on MSE now that Winter Bash is over.

    3. U9-Forward says:

      Yup! revealed, some point before WB ended i already know how to get Waffles (one that wasn’t in the post before WB ended), but i guessed Clean-Up Duty hat wrong tho.

  3. And good riddance. Here’s my annual request to make it opt-in next year.

    1. It was fun for a week or so, then it just got tiring.

    2. There is an opt-out option…

      1. @MikeM I’m aware. There should be an opt-in option instead… hence my original comment. You know, compliance with good UX and in some places possibly even *the law*?

  4. Rowan Collins says:

    > However, the question still remains… did they earn all of the possible hats?

    I kind of expected the blog post to answer this. Is there going to be some kind of follow-up? Are there hats being kept back as surprises for next year? It feels like you’ve set up a mystery with no way for people to guess, and no chance of a reveal.

    1. The blog post shows all the hats and how many times they were awarded. The list has 30 lines; there were 30 hats; the top earners all got the maximum possible hats. No guessing needed.

  5. “the question still remains… did they earn all of the possible hats?”

    Well don’t leave us in suspense!

  6. Loved the hats! Thanks for another great season of lighthearted entertainment.. looking forward to next year’s!

  7. Shadow Wizard says:

    “did they earn all of the possible hats”… so were there more secret hats that nobody ever found? Think that’s the correct place to share those and laugh at us…. 🙂

  8. The word “adios” lacks an accent: the correct spelling is “adiós”.

    1. Muy bien. You got that right 🙂

      1. Good spanish Erick. Greetings from Creative Computer Consulting 🙂

  9. Do you have archived statistics available for hats over the past years including 2018?

  10. Yahini priya Raja says:

    Loved the hats! and excited to collect more secret hats .. 🙂 !! By next year will try to collect all secret hats !!

  11. I’m kind of impressed with that Rick Roll

  12. Love the way you rick rolled us at the end . 😀

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