Yes, it's that time of year again! Here at Genealogy.SE, we have the option to celebrate this time of the year with a unique, age-old Stack Exchange tradition: hats!

By completing certain tasks, Stack Exchange users earn virtual hats (new and redesigned for 2016!) for their gravatars to wear that will last the holiday season (19 December 2016 - 8 January 2017). We will be able to see all the hats we've earned on http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com. Here's a screen shot from last year's leaderboard:

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Check that page for the FAQ after Winter Bash starts for an explanation of how things work -- right now it's a countdown.

This year the default is that everyone gets hats unless we mods send in a Grinch form in order to NOT have hats. If you hate hats (gasp), you can simply click the I hate hats button and make all the hats invisible to you.

But no matter whether you like hats or hate them, we still want to hear your opinion. Let us know by 12 December 2016, or be prepared to press that I hate hats button.

At the end of the event, all hats will go back into storage.

Do you want to participate in the Winter Bash here at Genealogy.SE? Leave your thoughts below and a few cookies and milk for the mods!

For previous years see:

As of 7:04 PM Pacific on 31 Dec 2016,

45 users from this site have earned a total of 115 hats!

Here's the results to this year's Winter Bash

  • 1
    Winter Bash 2016 started today with G&FH participating!
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 3:06

3 Answers 3


I rarely wear hats IRL - they make me look "weird", or "sort of like a murderer", at least according to my wife.
But virtual hats? Bring 'em on!

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Yes! Yes! Yes! I love hats!! Bring 'em on!

Hopefully one year, they'll bring the Unicorns back.


It will come as no surprise that I still hate hats!

  • Boo. Bad bad bad.
    – lkessler
    Nov 30, 2016 at 21:03
  • Just doing my duty. :(
    – Jan Murphy Mod
    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:25
  • @lkessler Each to their own. I recognise hats are inevitable -- doesn't mean I can't have my say.
    – user104
    Dec 1, 2016 at 8:00
  • @ColeValleyGirl - I know. I'm just having fun with this.
    – lkessler
    Dec 1, 2016 at 13:48

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