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5:02 PM
@Jin 10
@badp And this is why we need to decide if we even WANT graphics card questions here.
Do they, or do they not, belong.
Are we compiling secret hats somewhere?
@LessPop_MoreFizz no, but you seem to get one for closing a question, one for editing a post that then gets upvoted 5 times, and one for abusing moderator powers
and one for downvoting
Oh, @BenBrocka vanished already, did he?
@GraceNote ?
@pixel Those arent' secret are they?
5:08 PM
@BenBrocka they aren't detailed on winterba.sh until you get them, so I assume so
@BenBrocka You seen this?
Q: What are the Secret Hats for 2012?

LessPop_MoreFizzAnd how do I get them? (2011 Edition)

@pixel Oh, yeah, the cake hate doesn't list the specifics on winter.bash
Go go get dem precious meta-reps
Q: Do I get to keep medals/fruit if I quit out of a level?

Ben BrockaI'm going to need to do some backtracking to get my Rainbow medals. If I get a medal and quit out of a level do I get to keep that medal or will I keep it? I know I get a "you'll lose progress" message but different games interpret "lose progress" differently so I don't really know if I'll still ...

Q: What are the Secret Hats for 2012?

LessPop_MoreFizzAnd how do I get them? (2011 Edition)

5:11 PM
is the noob hat secret?
@LessPop_MoreFizz why meta.gaming of all sites?
@BenBrocka Yes, it's in pink type on winterda.sh once you unlock it
@badp Because this is OUR HOME.
@LessPop_MoreFizz Sorry, I never visit Reddit. How the hell am I supposed to know all this?
but secret hats are in ALL HOMES now
Wait, pink hats are secret?
5:13 PM
Yeah, but this is still our home. He wanted to ask here.
pink text* all my hats have pink text
@BenBrocka no, pink text = achieved
@badp Of course he asked here, he wants the hat
@MartinSojka Maybe because you should assume that if I am outraged about it, that I have done a little bit more research than having heard the scary subreddit name somewhere?
@badp Because somebody asked on MSO and it got closed.
@LessPop_MoreFizz I don't assume if I can ask. Which I did.
@LessPop_MoreFizz wat.
5:15 PM
@badp I think that means it needs closing before the secret of the hats escapes!
@badp Haha, He sent me a screenie of his inbox, they showed up in there :)
@LessPop_MoreFizz I cast a reopen vote for what it's worth
@BenBrocka All hats after 'Yakety Stacks' are secret
Left a booster in orbit
5:18 PM
That makes sense
ugh the images are stored as sprites
@Aarthi I am very very upset to see chat hats for two years running.
@Aarthi pfft, nice try! but I'm not giving you a star!
A: Community, please show some holiday spirit!

balphaSure, why not! Well, here on Meta at least. After the next build, moderators will also be able to choose the community user's hat. If she has any, of course.

Guys guys guys what is OUR Community going to wear?
I'll go for the n00b hat for now.
@badp Headphones, like a true gamer?
uh, next build isn't yet upon us
5:22 PM
Only has two hats at the moment.
@MartinSojka How do we plan to qualify for that?
Hehe, How to gain rep from an old question: Have the person who asked it offer a bounty and unmark your question as the answer. The community seeing a bounty then jumps on the question and sees that it has no accepted answers and up votes your former accepted answer as it still applies :D
Oh wait I was wrong about pink. Sorry @BenBrocka
@GraceNote No idea, I don't even know what those "hats" are people keep raving about here or why should I care. :) Of course, I can personally just make Community look like anything I want, thanks to the Stylish extension, as can everyone else ...
5:26 PM
@Ullallulloo the hat meta post? I'm done editing it
@MartinSojka winterba.sh
Wait what? No hats in chat? This is an outrage!
Chat hats are still a no go huh?
@pixel Ok, now at least the first part is clear - I know what they are. :) Thanks.
@BenBrocka Yeah, You, badp, and wipqozn.
There, done.
@bwarner Yes. Because they still hate fun.
BRB off to mod abuse until I get that trolling hat
need headphones
@BenBrocka Pretty sure we didn't make it that easy.
5:30 PM
@BenBrocka cough HAF-XB is an awesome case uncough
Should we direct link to the hats in the meta, or rehost them?
@GraceNote Oh, it is missing some, but it has some we're missing
(Not the least of which is the fact that none of the hats we discovered are on that sheet)
@GraceNote It was that easy last year.
@LessPop_MoreFizz Shh.
5:31 PM
Some of those may very well be unused mind you
I wish I'd saved all my GW2 questions until this week now
Well I hope the Me Gusta hat is unused anyway :P
I think it's time to play Deus Ex (original) so I can ask 50 questions about it
@badp As long as we can wear Nicolas Cage on our heads, I'll fine.
I was just going to ask about secret hats...
5:36 PM
Is the Nic Cage one supposed to be worn like John Travolta in Face-Off?
I wonder if we'll get unusuals next year
Q: Hats don't display on per-site metas?

LessPop_MoreFizzIt seems I cannot show off my awesome new collection of haberdashery on the Meta-sites associated with my favorite Stack Exchange Sites. This is an outrage. Almost as much of an outrage as the lack of chat hats

@agent86 Looks like you are doing it right to me :)
also SFW cat porn
@James I was out of practice. but it's like oneboxing a bicycle; you can never really forget.
5:40 PM
So what do the 11 upvoters see in this question that is worthy of praise?
Q: How is American Exceptionalism shown throughout the Bioshock Titles?

ParalyticAs I am reading through a wiki on Bioshock it mentions Bioshock Infinite having a connection to the other titles through a theme. The theme being American Exceptionalism, which is easily noticable in Bioshock Infinite (even with it not being released yet) but not as noticable in the other two tit...

Q: "How is X the theme of this series?" A:"It isn't"
@bwarner Well...it's right
@BenBrocka The answer might be. But how does that make it a good question?
Q: What effects does entering anything other than 'JC Denton' as your name have?

pixelAt the start of Deus Ex, when you begin a new game, it asks you to select some base character abilities and enter a name; From what I can see, anything you enter here is completely irrelevant as the moment you click 'Start Game' it ignores your name and just calls you JC Denton anyway. What e...

@LessPop_MoreFizz I thought there was some technical limitation regarding displaying the hats in chat.
@bwarner Yes, there is. It's called 'it's a whole lot of work'. :P
5:49 PM
@LessPop_MoreFizz went back to his original gravatar?
Seems like a strange time to do it
@OrigamiRobot Hats fit on it better.
I thought your other one was created because hats fit better on it
@OrigamiRobot Last years hats did. This years hats seem to be positioned lower.
ok I'll stop now
5:51 PM
@pixel Rep capped already?
I was rep capped before starting spam
I wouldn't know because I AM ALONE IN HATING HATS
@OrigamiRobot That's right. You're ALONE.
@OrigamiRobot b-b-but you play TF2
@CruelCow I don't get any hats.
5:53 PM
12 hats
Except the free, untradable ones.
At least in TF2, I can profit off of other people's hat lust.
Just like in GW2, I am profiting from people's minipet lust.
@OrigamiRobot Stalker power activate! You lie!
@OrigamiRobot you don't profit off me
@OrigamiRobot For what it's worth, I'm not as excited about hats this year.
5:58 PM
@CruelCow I only logged in to get that hat. I haven't logged back in to trade it away yet.
@pixel Don't I?
nope, not once
@OrigamiRobot So you do get hats, you just don't keep them
@pixel My mistake then.
@CruelCow Hats are the devil.
@bwarner I didn't say it did, but I don't think it's a close-worthy question. Upvote/downvote worthy? Meh, didn't vote, and I dont' entirely disagree with votes either way, I can see both sides there.
@OrigamiRobot Clearly your behavioral modulator isn't configured correctly.
6:03 PM
If it elicited a good answer it can still be a useful question no matter how "stupid" it is. Though it's sort of like winning the lottery at that point
@CruelCow Or I just like to complain about things.
@agent86 How do you keep finding me so many awesome grumpy cat things?
@pixel What are the holiday mats up to on the TP?
duno, not logged in atm
@BenBrocka I wasn't arguing for closing. I just don't understand the outpouring of love for it. 11 upvotes is quite a few.
6:07 PM
FINE harumph
@bwarner Some of those are probably just to counter the down votes.
Q: Do I have to spend all of my skill points before starting the game?

pixelAt the start of Deus Ex, when you begin a new game, it asks you to select some base character abilities and gives you 5000 skill points to spend; Do I have to spend all of my skill points before starting the game?

Q: Are any of the skills useless?

pixelI know that many of the skills available in game are down to playstyle but I've heard that training certain abilities, for example Swimming don't really provide much of a bonus and can prevent you from being powerful enough by the end of the game to perform some of the actions required (like hack...

6:23 PM
@pixel 12 now
...dammit, @pixel. Now I want to re-play Deus Ex.
@Jin lies
damn someone on SO has 16 hats now
@fbueckert ;p
....I actually have to mail a cheque somewhere to pay for something. This feels strange and alien.
6:28 PM
@AshleyNunn ...I've sent money orders before, but I've never mailed a cheque for anything.
@fbueckert Have to mail FedEx a cheque because they suck and didnt ask me for money when they dropped a package off with me so they sent me an angry letter
@AshleyNunn That sounds more like, "Your dude screwed up. Ask nicely, or get nothing."
@AshleyNunn it's my superpower. I have a belt of +5 to Cat Picture Finding.
i'm so excited about my new shirt. I hope it gets here today
tried spreadshirt.com for the first time. you can upload your own design, and order one shirt. no mass ordering required
@fbueckert Eh, I am going to let it slide, and quietly pay it.
6:30 PM
god that last msg sounded like a spam..
@agent86 This is a very awesome skill
@AshleyNunn Canadians using oddball british spelling, exhibit M.
@AshleyNunn That's what I used to do.
@LessPop_MoreFizz how do you spell it?
@Jin SpreadShirt.Com Is Best Shirt Site On Website!
6:31 PM
@fbueckert This is the only time something of this ilk has happened to me, so I am pretty content to just pay it. Mind you if it continues, I will get testy.
@AshleyNunn It's not about rocking the boat, it's about not taking responsibility for things that weren't your fault to begin with.
experience Internet marketer, has written a practical guide on how to start making money online called "Practical
Also, this is my daily, "I hate Sharepoint" announcement.
@AshleyNunn Czech.
@fbueckert Auye, I am aware. I just really dont care to have that fight. I have a thousand more pressing issues.
6:32 PM
@fbueckert we have a Sharepoint shite!
@LessPop_MoreFizz Ah. Right. eyeolls, giggles
@AshleyNunn There is that, too.
@AshleyNunn No, really, we use 'Check'.
But Czech would be a much more awesome answer.
@LessPop_MoreFizz Americans are weird.
@GraceNote If you're around, I wouldn't mind picking your brain about some weird stuff my site is doing.
6:32 PM
@LessPop_MoreFizz It totally would be! We should petition to change it.
At what point did "There is more than one way to do it" become something that needed a stupid abbreviation that is probably harder to say than the phrase itself!?
@AshleyNunn Says the woman from a country where people actually think Poutine is tasty.
@GraceNote At the point that nerds.
@LessPop_MoreFizz Because it is!
@fbueckert I'll see what I can offer but you're competing for my attention against delicious soup noodle soon.
@AshleyNunn Says the woman from a country that gave the world Nickelback.
6:34 PM
@LessPop_MoreFizz Okay, yeah, that I apologize for on behalf of my country
@LessPop_MoreFizz I'm starting to wonder if you've just got a list on like one of them old receipt registers that you'll just read off as needed.
@GraceNote I don't, but that's an excellent idea.
@AshleyNunn Why would you ever use 'que' over 'ck'?
@Ullallulloo Because thats just the way it is spelled!
@Ullallulloo Because England.
6:35 PM
@LessPop_MoreFizz Seeing that this was developed because of perl...
@Ullallulloo To differentiate it from a different word.
@GraceNote Know anything about publishing permissions for Sharepoint?
@RonanForman And yet you people use 'lift' as a noun.
@LessPop_MoreFizz do you even lift?
@fbueckert Use less terminology and more objectives, it's been a really long time since I've bothered to dive into the lingo.
6:37 PM
@LessPop_MoreFizz Because that's what a does, a lift lifts things, a cheque doesn't check anything!
@GraceNote Publishing infrastructure essentially throws an extra step into the create page --> see page process.
@RonanForman But what if it's written by a Czech?
It goes create page --> approve/publish page --> see page.
@fbueckert Oh, I think the whole publishing thing is MOSS only, if I'm not mistaken?
@GraceNote Yeah
6:38 PM
Yeah, I reiterate the part where I only had WSS.
@GraceNote Damn.
(Madmen Only Shitty Software?)
Sorry, wish I could help.
And the Sharepoint chat is completely dead.
@RonanForman That is perfectly acceptable logiv.
6:39 PM
did you know that @GraceNote is a cactuar irl?
@GraceNote Not your problem; you're the only other person I know who's worked with Sharepoint.
And the longer I work with it, the more I realize why.
@Jin I ask. Get no answer. Bounty. Get answer that says, "You're doing it wrong."
Repeat as required
6:42 PM
So, I try to find a slightly more expedient route to get the issues solved.
Most of what I try is so outside of what really works with Sharepoint that we shouldn't be using it in the first place.
Lots of deals on GoG
Good advice.
@tiddy I'm actually debating whether or not to get a couple extra monitors above my current ones.
You'll need a chair with proper neck support
Q: How Can I Maximize My Score?

ChrisComing from Hitman: Blood Money, the new score system has thrown me a bit off guard. I understand a stealthy "professional" approach to missions will result in a better score in general, but what are some good strategies/approaches to generally maximize my score? If possible, non-specific tips wo...

Q: What Unlocks What?

ChrisPlaying through The Basement Collection, I see that completing specific games will unlock hidden content. However I'm unclear as to what type of star unlocks what (translucent, white, black), and if there are additional hidden unlocks available. Are the unlocks based solely on completion of the a...

Q: Why did none of my German players get called up for the World Cup?

victoriahI'm playing Bayern M√ľnchen, so I have 90% of the best German players, and 90% of their national team. However, the 2014 World Cup just came and went, and none of my Germans got called up, although my players from other countries did. All my players had a great season and I won the league. I chec...

@badp I sure am glad the Greenlight process is letting us try out these awesome new indie games!
@tiddy True.
@badp For what its worth, that is what I use for my budgeting, and I love it.
6:53 PM
And probably more space than I currently have.
@AshleyNunn It's funny because it's certainly not a budget friendly price :P
@badp Not entirely, but honestly, it is really worth it.
I'd recommend a 27" 24" combo
maybe add a ~22" vertical rotation
@AshleyNunn oh I don't doubt it. The videos look rather convincing
@badp cant tell if sarcasm.
6:57 PM
no sarcasm intended
i'd like to have a 20" vertical, 27", 20" vertical set up.
@badp Cool beans. All I know is this is the software that helps keep me from living off kraft dinner and ramen, so I am happy.
right now i'm using 27" + 27", my side monitor is so under utilized.
Personally I just don't have income to budget upon :P
@badp I get that. :) Student me is limited, so student me likes to know where the monies are.

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