It's that time of year again: Winter Bash/hat time! Here's the summary:
Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users have fun by earning "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (very similar to badges). We track everyone’s progress using hats in a leaderboard
And here's some more detail:
The event will run from 19 December 2016 up to and including 08 January 2017. Users will be able to see all the hats they’ve earned on (http://winterbash2016.stackexchange.com). That site will also have a landing page, explaining the rules and other details of the event.
Individual users who don't want to participate, don't want to see hats, and/or are generally anti-hat will have an "I hate hats" option available. And just like last time, at the end of the event, all hats will go back into storage.
The only visual change to the Stack Exchange sites themselves will be the presence of the hats and the “I hate hats” button in the footer.
Our default option at Emacs.SE is to participate in Winter Bash. Please take a moment to vote yes or no on our site-wide participation (and/or comment on the options). If there's a lot of no votes, we can opt out collectively.