In 2015, Stack Exchange will continue its tradition of the "Winter Bash". Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain actions trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar can “wear”. We track everyone’s progress earning hats in a leaderboard that looks something like this:

Winter Bash screenshot

Stack Exchange sees Winter Bash as a a fun and lighthearted way to celebrate the amazing people who make the sites awesome, as the year draws to a close. Two things to note:

  • Any user can opt out (clicking an option in your profile means you won't see any hat at all).
  • Apart from the wearing of hats by avatars, the site is otherwise unaffected (there is no “holiday” theme of the site's design, for example)

This being said, we (as a community) also have to choice to opt out entirely and have the Winter Bash completely disabled on Academia Stack Exchange (no hats for anyone). In 2014, we chose to participate.

To decide whether we will participate in the Winter Bash 2015 Edition, I've created a “poll” below this post, with two comments. Upvote one of the comments according to your preference. If you want to discuss further, leave an answer or comments to other answers.

The poll will close on Tuesday December 8.

  • 55
    Yes, Academia.SE should participate in Winter Bash 2015
    – StrongBad
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 22:31
  • 13
    No, Academia.SE should not participate in Winter Bash 2015
    – StrongBad
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 22:32
  • 3
    Do I get a hat for participating in this poll? Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 21:32

1 Answer 1


At the time of the poll closing the vote is 54 to 12 in favor of hats. Our students shall not worry, we will have warm ears this winter.

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