We were going to have hats on the site

What happened to them?

The holiday season is almost over!

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    You landed on the wrong temporal coordinates with your TARDIS; the holiday season is about to begin, not over (but you point remains valid). – bitmask Dec 18 '12 at 15:21
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    @bitmask hehe the TARDIS never lies! Hanukkah is already over and the special is in 7 days. I would consider it as "almost over". – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 15:21
  • Does the downvote mean that people don't want the hats? That is very confusing x_x – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 15:33

Hats will arrive at 00:00Z UTC on 19 December 2012! :D

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  • Ill make a link list here, what is the reason for the timing? – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 15:42
  • It just felt like the right couple of weeks to do this. :) – Aarthi Dec 18 '12 at 15:54
  • Eh.... Yes... but why not start it in the beginning of December so that all of the holidays are covered? – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 15:55
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    @TheDoctor We were also a bit constrained by time and available people. We had no way to get everything ready in time for the beginning of December. I'm sorry that some holidays got missed as a result. I hope you can still enjoy the hats! – Adam Lear Dec 18 '12 at 16:02
  • @AnnaLear ok. At least I have an explanation ^_^ I would be glad to help out next time if this happens again. – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 16:05
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    @TheDoctor Well, we are hiring right now... :) – Adam Lear Dec 18 '12 at 16:23
  • @AnnaLear hmmmmmm – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 19:32

Quotes from se podcast #38 :

People wear hats, especially winter-themed hats. Shouldn’t we celebrate all those hats? Definitely! Last year, we ran a project called Hatdash on our site about video games.. It was a huge hit, so we’re revamping the program this year for all sites that opt in. It will go live on December 19th. Hats!

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The hats arrived on time and are alive and well. You can find the SF&F Winter Bash Leaderboard here.

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Aarthi later edited the comment, but at one point on 12/14, she said

Also, hats arrive in 5 days. Five UTC days.

Dunno if that's business days or regular days, as no one understands how UTC works.

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  • That is weird considering that part of the holiday season (for some people) is already over! – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 15:23
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    You don't need to understand UTC days. With a few exceptions that did not arise during the time period in question, a UTC day is exactly the same length as a day anywhere in the world. Besides, you'll find that most of West Africa has no problem with UTC and can convert it to local time without a hitch. – user56 Dec 18 '12 at 22:53
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    @Gilles That was a (admittedly bad) joke. – user1027 Dec 19 '12 at 0:10

On server fault, we're doing our own hats for the second year running.


As pointed out in a comment, many of us decided to add a hat to our gravatars ourselves:


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  • That just involved actually changing your avatar! – Naftali aka Neal Dec 18 '12 at 22:02

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