Today I asked 2 questions about Skyrim, a game I've never played. I also answered one question through some crafty internet research (tm).
One of my questions has been accused of being blatant hat fishing, but only sarcastically. However, the sarcastic comment got 4 upvotes, and the question itself has 4 downvotes and 2 close votes. Someone who saw the question in the chat feed also protested it.
It is safe to say that I am venturing outside my comfort zone in terms of game questions - I have ignored several tags on this site previously that are games that are seriously popular, but I don't play. However, for the purposes of this Hat competition I've been trying to find ways to make a small contribution to questions and answers with those tags.
I honestly have spent 0 hours playing Skyrim, and know very little about the game mechanics and the plot/story/setting, aside from what I know from playing both Morrowind and Oblivion. The question is easy - this part of the game is a meme, and I'm sure if I plugged "fus ro dah" into google I could probably figure it out in a few clicks. Then again, I don't know that the simplicity of answering a question is a barrier to posting it. I felt like perhaps it being so popular, having a question on it would not be off-topic.
However, I feel like, although this was not my intent, some among us feel I toed or crossed a line that I should not have crossed. If you are one of those people who felt this way, I apologize. I'd hate to cause issues over something so very silly as a hat that means effectively nothing and will disappear in a few weeks regardless of what happens. Please forgive my collectible OCD, and any offense I may have caused by stepping outside my comfort zone.
...or perhaps it was just a bad question, in which case I'll commit to do better next time.
If the question is truly bad or off topic, I have no issues with it being closed or deleted completely. Regardless, I furthermore commit to answering or asking at least one additional question about Skyrim so that if anyone feels my "hat" is "unjust," I will have atoned.
I hope that this apology is accepted in the sincere manner in which it is offered.