The end of the year is upon us, and here in Stack Land, that can only mean one thing: it's time for Winter Bash 2016!
Winter Bash is a fun, lighthearted event we run every year as a way of celebrating the many amazing people who make our communities awesome. It's open to any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate.
During Winter Bash, users earn virtual hats by completing certain tasks. They're sort of like badges, but they're more visible and less permanent. Hats can be "worn" on users' avatars just about anywhere avatars show up on the network.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014 we asked our community if we're up to hats... as the overall participation has been positive. In 2015 we accepted the participation straight away, and in 2016 we believe the community will also embrace it, but we'd like to hear from you - would you like to participate? Would you have any problems with the fancy hats?
This year's event will start on 19 December 2016 and run 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 an FAQ to explain how things work.
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.
Nevertheless, if there's any strong reason the community is not up to it - let's say Grinch is very influential this year around PM.SE - then please let us know. Otherwise, let it snow!