Last year, the StackExchange Gaming site 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. Here are some examples from last year:

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This year, StackExchange are 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!

This event will run from 19 December 2012 to 4 January 2013. Users will be able to see their entire hat collection on http://winterba.sh. 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, just as the Gaming site had last year.

The only visual change to the site itself will be the presence of the hats and the "I hate hats" button in the footer.

Sites need to explicitly opt-in. I am minded to do so, unless I hear convincing objections here!

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opt-us in.

Can't see a reason why not to. I'll get my Sorting Hat

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    Here goes my plan to spend the X-mas break away from computer-based addictions ;)
    – eyescream
    Nov 26, 2012 at 20:19
  • @eyescream - Admitting that you have a problem is the first step! ;) Of course, it's probably already too late... Nov 26, 2012 at 23:45
  • OK - we're officially opted in :-)
    – metadaddy
    Nov 28, 2012 at 17:16
  • Hattastic. Home for the holidays :)
    – Adam
    Dec 13, 2012 at 17:29

It's on!

You can change your profile pic to wear a hat. Just go to your profile and click on the hats number under stats and select a hat to wear. I wear my sunglasses at night....

Posting because I didn't know how it worked and it doesn't look like anyone else is wearing a hat yet. :(

Happy hatting!

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    At least we aren't at the bottom of the leader board but we've got some work to do to catch SO ;)
    – Jon Hazan
    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:32

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