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When does the New Years Eve hat awards?

The hat's description says "Post an upvoted question or answer on December 31."

There are a number of us who have does this and haven't been awarded this hat. Even one of our mods, RavenDreamer, is affected by this.

And yet, some people got awarded the hat correctly (See: Ashley Nunn).

The main difference appears to be that these people have had their answers accepted, but the hat description doesn't make any mention of this requirement.

  • I got it without posting an answer at all, so I'm fairly sure that acceptance isn't part of it. – John the Green Dec 31 '11 at 23:51
  • @John: It seems to be completely random. – user2974 Dec 31 '11 at 23:52
  • RavenDreamer is actually a great example here, because he asked a question with 6 upvotes and gave an answer with 2 upvotes... and he doesn't have the hat. – user2974 Dec 31 '11 at 23:52
  • This is clearly a conspiracy to keep me from my hats. This is also clearly a duplicate, but I think this is the more general of the two questions. Hm. Decisions, decisions... – Raven Dreamer Jan 1 '12 at 0:21
  • I also missed it on an answer that should have qualified – Dave McClelland Jan 1 '12 at 1:26