Just recieved the following email from Stack Exchange, and wanted to know if you guys think we should participate:

Last year, on our Gaming site, we hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain actions would trigger the user receiving a hat, which their gravatar could then "wear".

For example, editing a post would yield an editor-themed hat (fedora with pen) to the editor. Examples:

2011 Hat Dash hats

This year, we're expanding the promotion to all sites which choose to participate, and redesigning the hat selection to be more appropriate to the entire network (no severed Wampa heads). Some of it is holiday-themed, some of it is a bit silly, and all of it is (hopefully) fun!

Note: Users who don't want to see the hats will be able to opt-out by clicking an "I hate hats" link.

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    I think it could be fun. – Jack B Nimble Nov 13 '12 at 20:29
  • I think sci-fi needs something other than hats, which are gamer related. – AncientSwordRage Nov 13 '12 at 21:02
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    @Pureferret Outside of Team Fortress 2, how are hats gamer related? – user1027 Nov 13 '12 at 22:10
  • @Keen I think hats have spread to the rest of gaming as a general gaming trope... – AncientSwordRage Nov 13 '12 at 22:20
  • What was the feedback from this event on Arqade? – user56 Nov 13 '12 at 23:15
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    Generic is boring. I counter-propose themed hats. Jayne's should be available on SciFi. – Izkata Nov 14 '12 at 1:03
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    Yes, yes, we must have Jayne's hat. – Martha Nov 14 '12 at 1:23
  • @Izkata: Who do I have to murder to get Jayne's hat? – bitmask Nov 14 '12 at 2:50
  • @bitmask the Big Hair – Izkata Nov 14 '12 at 3:10
  • @Keen Hat Dash was heavily influenced by Team Fortress 2. Arqade (then Gaming)'s The Bridge chat room had a heavy TF2 following, spearheaded by myself (I was also the team-fortress-2 tag's top user before I had my account there deleted). This was taken into account by the event designer whose name I can't recall. – user10849 Nov 16 '12 at 18:47

FYI everyone: We've opted-in. Expect to see hats this holiday season.

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  • We requested special hats as well, I'm hoping by opting in early that we'll have more of a chance to get them. But it's up to Jin now. I pointed them to my answer on this topic to look for suggestions for custom hats. – PearsonArtPhoto Nov 14 '12 at 16:47

The lack of severed Wampa heads seems to be unfair, particularly to Scifi.se :(

Otherwise, I say this looks like great fun, and I think we should participate!

After all, anyone who feels that such hat-related fun is ill suited towards our serious nature here on Scifi.SE can always use the "I hate hats!" button to opt out.

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    Actually, haberdashery is for ribbons. Millinery is hats. /pedantic :P – Aarthi Nov 13 '12 at 20:40
  • @Aarthi Darnit! No wonder that guy in the hat shop looked at me so oddly! – Beofett Nov 13 '12 at 20:45
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    It seems my use of the term was merely archaic, and perhaps not outright incorrect: "At various times throughout its history, the term "haberdasher" has referred to a dealer of hats or caps" – Beofett Nov 13 '12 at 20:49
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    GASP! TOUCHE SIR. – Aarthi Nov 13 '12 at 20:50
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    I too have heard haberdasher referring to hat makers. – user1027 Nov 13 '12 at 22:10

Brain Slug Hat

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Doc Brown Mind Reader Hat

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  • "Brain Slug Hat" Like this? – user10849 Nov 16 '12 at 18:52

Vote for which hats we want to have in: Hat suggestions 2012

I vaguely remember this from last year. Essentially, there were two types of hats, some that were generic, and others that were specific to a tag. We could make suggestions for the specific ones. I would like to propose the following:

I'm going to cap this list at what we have now, because there is very little chance of us getting anything more than this. Even getting this many would be a bit of a surprise. But I would appreciate adding photos of these to this answer.

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    Star Trek: Tribble hat! – bitmask Nov 14 '12 at 2:54
  • @bitmask Please please a tribble hat! I've always wanted a tribble ;) – Canadian Girl Scout Nov 14 '12 at 3:37
  • @CanadianGirlScout: Alternatives include Klingon forehead ridges and a Romulan wig. But the Tribble would win for whimsy! – bitmask Nov 14 '12 at 3:41
  • @bitmask Forehead ridges! Oh, you are good at this. Keep 'em coming :) This may just make me want to dress up at a comicon... – Canadian Girl Scout Nov 14 '12 at 3:45
  • @CanadianGirlScout: Sorry, Klingon ridges are a bit hard to top (no pun intended). But I still got one for Doctor Who: A Fez ;) – bitmask Nov 14 '12 at 4:31
  • Futurama: Brain Slug hat! – Jack B Nimble Nov 14 '12 at 17:04
  • DC: Doctor Fate helmet – Jack B Nimble Nov 14 '12 at 17:07
  • Marvel: Magneto Helmet, or Cyclops visor – Jack B Nimble Nov 14 '12 at 17:08

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