I hate hats.

Fortunately, I was asked this on the front page of gaming so I didn't have to be bothered with it.

However, if I hate hats (not dislike, not mildly annoyed by the presence), then why am I being notified if I get one?

hat dash notification after saying I hate hats

I also see them on the Gravatar on a person's profile page:

gravatar on profile with hat

And I see their hat rack as well:

other person's hat rack

I can understand not being able to tell someone else "you can't have your hat rack shown on your profile", but what's strange to me is that I can see it on my own:

hats on my own profile

To reiterate, I hate hats, so why am I seeing them everywhere?

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    Why do you hate hats? What did the hats ever do to you?
    – juan
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 19:50
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    Chances are I'll have a hat on my profile for posting to meta while I'm at it...
    – casperOne
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 19:51
  • @JuanManuel Ask my dermatologist who prescribes my Propecia =)
    – casperOne
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 19:51
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    -1 for hating hats, +1 for hilarity, either way you get no upvotes or downvotes. (from me) Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 16:57

2 Answers 2


It looks to me like you don't actually have Hat Dash disabled. Could you try hitting the "I hate hats" at the footer again?

Clicking it should properly toggle the hat rack and hats on profile pages.

  • That was it; It's supremely annoying, especially since I log into most of the SE sites on multiple devices. I shouldn't have to make this distinction on every device for the same site.
    – casperOne
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 19:55
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    To elaborate on the above, I did have Hat Dash disabled, but on another computer where I was logged in. My expectation is that on a site that I'm logged into, it should remember my preferences for things like this, especially ones that are phrased in a way to indicate extreme disapproval (i.e. "hate").
    – casperOne
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 20:04
  • Oh man, you can disable hat dash? I wish I'd learned this a week ago. Those popups are annoying.
    – Sterno
    Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 17:11
  • I would just like to add in support for the hat feature, regardless of if people like it or not. Having a smaller version of this would actually be pretty neat to have permanently, if it could be disabled account-wide instead of just for the session.
    – Xkeeper
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 21:01

To clarify, you need to click "I hate hats" on each computer / browser that you use. We store the setting in a cookie, so it is not tied to your account. Sorry about that.

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