# Did I miss this year's hat discussion?

It seems to me that every year we get asked here on meta whether we want hats on main. See 'Tis the season to be... and How are we protecting our heads this year? With Hats! and Would you like some hats? Yes, please!. So I was surprised to get a hat earlier today, without having seen the annual discussion of whether we wanted them, how to opt out, etc.

Did I miss it? or was it just decided somewhere that since we've had them three years running, we must all want them?

• No. There wasn't any. Unfortunately. I guess that after so many years of the discussion going almost entirely towards "let's have hats", they decided to stop taking them. But I liked to have my voice heard about how much I despise this thing... – Asaf Karagila Dec 13 '17 at 10:55
• re "we must all want them?" As usual you can turn them off if you prefer. – quid Dec 13 '17 at 18:27
• Well, I've got one, today, and as long as it's my decision to wear it or not (of course, I won't) that's fine with me. – Professor Vector Dec 14 '17 at 7:38
• Why do people hate the hats so much? I can't understand having a strong feeling one way or another for something that seems so inconsequential. – tilper Dec 19 '17 at 18:34
• N/m, I found one reason. Didn't realize that was such an issue. – tilper Dec 19 '17 at 18:36
• The less mathematics the more stupidity. The more stupidity the less mathematics. – Wlod AA Dec 21 '17 at 13:17
• Off-topic but if you allow the idle curiosity: do you mind that for all I know the community on MO was never asked what they want? The moderators simply decided. cc @Asaf – quid Dec 22 '17 at 17:37
• @quid: No, but I feel there is some difference there on this topic. – Asaf Karagila Dec 22 '17 at 17:39
• Which would be what exactly? @Asaf (Incidentally some high-profile users on MO expressed that they would want them. Still there never was poll to the best of my knowledge.) – quid Dec 22 '17 at 17:41
• @quid, no, I don't mind. I have no strong opinions at present on whether any particular site should be asked what they want, I'm just sensitive to change, and when something has gone one way for several years and then it goes a different way I'm curious as to what the story is. – Gerry Myerson Dec 22 '17 at 19:10
• @quid: I sort of feel that MathOverflow had this more professional "curmudgeon-y" side. I don't mind it being brought up for discussion, but it would feel odd. Just like I know how the discussion would end here, of course, but MSE is less strict and less "not festive". Not to mention, of course, that Hat Chasers are a thing, and keeping them away from MO is definitely on higher priority than having hats. – Asaf Karagila Dec 22 '17 at 19:20
• @quid: And just to make this complete, $$\huge\widehat{\mathfrak{quid}}.$$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 22 '17 at 19:21