‘Tis the Season for Hats! Join Us for Winter Bash 2019

Around the globe, we look forward to celebrating traditions that are unique to us, our families, and our communities. The season gives us a chance to reflect, makes us smile, and helps bring us all together. 

This year is a special one for the Winter Bash tradition. A hectic end of the year (that included a company-wide Meetup and a ramped-up focus on delivering improvements across other parts of our Q&A experience) means this year’s Winter Bash theme is the same as last year’s. But don’t despair, last year’s theme was awesome!

We’re continuing to bring the fun. Winter Bash 2019 showcases a wild retrospective of hats that have been featured over five years, from 2014 to 2018. You can upgrade your avatar with some of the favorite hats from the past, as well as discover a couple of changed triggers for secret ones. We wish you luck finding them all!

Join us December 9 through January 1 for Winter Bash 2019. Last year, we awarded more than 297,000 hats on Stack Overflow. This year could be the year that we hit 300K!

Whether you’re new to Winter Bash or need a quick refresher, here’s how it works: 

  1. Ask, answer, vote, edit, and chat to unlock fun hats and accessories you can wear on your avatar when you complete challenges on participating sites. 
  2. Once you complete a challenge, a hat will appear on your profile. 
  1. Click the hat and you’ll be taken to your hat box. 

  1. Select one of the hats you’ve earned, customize it to fit your avatar, and start sporting it around the site. Don’t forget to change your hats. After all, nobody likes to be seen wearing the same thing twice!

Have questions? Check out our Winter Bash FAQ page for answers and more helpful information. 

Ready, set, go find some hats!  

Author

Cesar Manara
Community Manager
Rumor goes I am a Community Manager here at Stack Overflow for the SE sites. Before that, I was mostly in the Games Industry but am a lover of all things CMing - your odd mix of psychology, sociology, and group & identity theory from the performing arts. On the unprofessional (hah, get it?) side of things, I am a Playwright theater grad who loves classics and musicals. I also play video games & board games - don't talk to me about Munchkin though. Ugh, that game - and read a bunch of stuff. I hope you'll see me around!

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Comments

  1. “This year is a special one for the Winter Bash tradition. A hectic end of the year (that included a company-wide Meetup and a ramped-up focus on delivering improvements across other parts of our Q&A experience) means this year’s Winter Bash theme is the same as last year’s. But don’t despair, last year’s theme was awesome!”

    Ok.

  2. Asteroids With Wings says:

    FYI, each of those numeric bullet points says “1.”.

    Instead of starting a new list for each item (`text`), you can put the whole thing in a single list, with multiple items (`texttexttext`).

  3. Andrew Clarke says:

    Those secret hats had better be pretty easy to get otherwise most avatars will be going bare-headed throughout the season. The open challenges are all pretty stiff.

  4. As I regularly point out this post is hemispherist!

    It is **Summer** (only beginning) but we are already in the middle of catastrophic bushfires.

    1. So it’s actually northernhemispherocentric and quite northernhemispherophobic. 😉

      1. *southernhemispherophobic
        (too long words after a day of work)

  5. Nice secret hat. is that the insignia of the republic of China? I was just thinking, how can I show my solidarity with the regime that is abusing the Uighurs and oppressing Hong Kong. Now there’s a cool hat I can do that with. Great timing guys!

  6. Come on StackOverflow, it’s summer in our half of the world. Why not change it up a bit and call it summer bash?

  7. Clearly StackOverflow is run by a bunch of flat-earthers, they don’t believe they live on a sphere where half the planet has summer at the same time as the other half has winter.

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