Winter Bash 2014 is approaching! We signed up for it last year, and it was a really big hit. I'm still posting this in order to get an official word from the community and to make new users aware of this event.

Since the moderators have just received the announcement, there isn't much new info yet in terms of new 2014 sites. Not too much should change, so feel free to look on last year's post for more info.

However, we have some important dates:

• All sites (via a moderator) needs to submit their decision by December 1st.
• This event will run from December 15th to January 4th.

We were the top beta site on the leaderboards last year. Although we have already graduated, we can still beat the other beta sites again (maybe even the graduated sites while we're at it)!

• Well, duh, no-brainer... ok, you're a sponge, you are a no-brainer ;-) – rolfl Nov 18 '14 at 19:44
• At least it's opt-OUT this year instead of opt-IN. I'm not even sure if we need to post one one SQA since I know it will be a unanimous yes. – corsiKa Nov 18 '14 at 23:51
• @corsiKa: The latest email tells us that it's opt-in this year. I know that it would be an unanimous yes, but this at least informs new users and gets the hype going. – Jamal Nov 18 '14 at 23:55
• You might want to read it again. The latest email I have states: All responses will need to be in by 1 December 2014. Sites that haven’t responded by then will be considered to have opted in to the event. (N.B: Last year the default was was opt out. This year you need to contact us if you don’t want to be involved.) – corsiKa Nov 18 '14 at 23:58
• @corsiKa: I thought that's what I've just said, or is it referring to something else? – Jamal Nov 19 '14 at 0:00
• You've got your definitions mixed up. If the program is opt-X then the default option is not-X. So an opt-in means the default is you sit out. That was last year. This year it's opt-out, meaning the default means you're in. =) #clarityishard – corsiKa Nov 19 '14 at 0:08
• Sorry to be a complete idiot here, but what exactly is Winter Bash? – Ethan Bierlein Nov 20 '14 at 21:28
• @EthanBierlein: It's basically an event involving completing tasks (similar to badges) in order to unlock temporary hats for your avatar. You can view the links on last year's post. – Jamal Nov 20 '14 at 21:30

Yes. I think it's absolutely fantastic.

Also, we need to propose this as a hat:

• Did you miss this post? – Mathieu Guindon Nov 18 '14 at 19:23
• @Mat'sMug Nice! I'm going to wait until after work to read that thread in depth. Otherwise I'll have a lot more time to find hats... – xDaevax Nov 18 '14 at 19:28

# YES. I want a hat!

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• You're already wearing a hat. – 200_success Nov 18 '14 at 19:38
• But I need a new Winterbash hat. – RubberDuck Nov 18 '14 at 19:41
• A hat in a hat... hatception... – corsiKa Nov 18 '14 at 23:53

Do we really need to ask?

# On the plus side...

It will be a massive boost on the fun level. Gamification on steroids.

# On the negative side...

Uhm, is there a negative side? No, there isn't, BRING IT ON!

I think hats are stupid and do not want my auto-generated avatar to have one. However, last year's FAQ explains hat you can get rid of them with a click. Assuming that is still valid, I vote for signing up since that allows everyone to chose for themselves whereas not participating excludes the silly hat lovers for no reason.

• That's actually the best answer to this hype I've seen so far. – Mast Nov 24 '14 at 9:21