I noticed a new feature of various amusing added features for your avatar (hats). Theis seems to be a new feature. What is the origin of this feature?

I got 19 hats. I am very proud! – Gil Kalai Jan 3 '13 at 13:25
Now, they are all gone. – Gil Kalai Jan 5 '13 at 15:33
"all we are is dust in the wind" – vzn Jan 6 '13 at 5:21
up vote 5 down vote accepted

This is the stackexchange winter bash: http://winterba.sh/

I'm a little puzzled as to the point of it all, but it seems like good fun. What I can't figure out is why it doesn't work with pictures. it only seems to work if you don't have a picture.

+Yury has a picture and a hat. – Jeffε Dec 28 '12 at 1:26
Huh. I can't figure out how to get my hat on. – Suresh Venkat Dec 28 '12 at 4:48
Ah ok. I had to login to winterba.sh first. – Suresh Venkat Dec 28 '12 at 4:50
I manage to put my hat on without logining to anything but the main site. (Anyway, nice hat Suresh!) – Gil Kalai Dec 28 '12 at 9:20
the point of it is a marketing gimmick to eg increase exposure, "branding", activity etc. one that slipped thru the cracks this time (ie passed thru the general/usual strong resistance). for humorless theoreticians it might seem useless or pointless. looking thru old archives, in the past other marketing gimmicks have been resoundly rejected by this "community". – vzn Jan 2 '13 at 22:47

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