Unfortunately, no. The hats are not permanent. Winter Bash hats are always temporary that get put back in the box when hat season is over.
If you want hats to remain, then you should wear a hat, take a screenshot of your avatar with it and change your avatar as you'd like. But we've got no plans to make hats permanent.
My brief answer is that we already have under-used tools to do this:
moderators can delete questions,
some users can vote to delete questions (and that now includes you),
more users can vote to close questions,
many more users can downvote questions, and
the Roomba does the rest.
This is the long answer:
Within our site the only option we have to ...
I agree, and propose this wording that incorporates suggestions from @whuber:
Questions that relate to the business of vendors and product teams,
such as licensing, pricing, release dates, submission of bug reports
and enhancement requests, etc, are off-topic here and should be
directed instead to the official software support teams.
I have not ...
I don't see any advantage of having the qgis-2.0 tag. There are three QGIS releases per year and that means three new tags per year:
I suggest we simplify and only keep the qgis tag.
I can understand your frustration because I know it has happened to me on occasion too.
However, to get something implemented along those lines would need a convincing argument to be made to Meta Stack Exchange rather than Meta GIS SE and it looks like that has already been proposed there:
Prevent Questions From Deleted When Someone is Submitting an ...
Reputation is given to its users by the Stack Exchange network based on their interactions on its sites so I would not expect to see any request to have someone not already interacting with us awarded such a bonus succeed.
I think the best option to help anyone who would appear to be a worthy recipient of such a bonus is to make them aware of Why do I need ...
Although the motivation of this request is good, I am concerned about unintentional bad consequences. On plenty of sites a few people come along and build relatively large reputations quickly either through posting a great many questions or a great many mediocre answers. In neither case should the accumulation of reputation allow them unilaterally to post ...
Code reviews on GIS SE have been discussed on this Meta twice previously in:
Code review for a specific piece of code
What to do about "what's wrong with my wall of text?" type questions?
I think allowing questions of the form:
Here is my code (with its purpose well described), can you fix,
streamline and/or speed it up for me?
is the ...
I don't believe the spell checker results you are seeing are a part of Stack Exchange.
Instead they are likely to be your browser's in-built spell checker, which you can (usually) update and add these terms by using a right-click > Add to Dictionary when you select a word identified as incorrectly spelled.
Syntax highlighting for tags can be specified by
Navigating to the tags page
Searching for a tag, hovering over it with the mouse to raise a pop-up, and selecting "info".
Choosing an appropriate code (such as "lang-py") from the "Code Language" prompt.
Only moderators can make such changes, so I have just made them for all the "py"-related tags that are ...
There is an avenue which doesn't rely on our kind overlords at Stack Exchange to implement a deletion warning or lock on questions. If you have spent time and attention crafting a good answer that is worth sharing and keeping for posterity and those that come after: ask the question yourself!
(It would be worth spending time looking for related older ...
This request came up again in the site design announcement which made us realize we never responded publicly about this. Sorry about that!
I think it wasn't totally obvious from the initial release that snippets are really only for JS/HTML/CSS code (a replacement for jsfiddle.net, basically). A good indicator of whether they'll be useful on a site is the ...
I sympathise with Joseph's answer; however I have another suggestion:
Questions seeking help to debug/write/improve code must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code (as formatted text, not pictures) necessary to reproduce it in the question itself. Providing a clear problem statement and evidence of a code attempt ...
If you provide links to your downvoted answers, we can probably try to find explanations.
Personally, I would not make it mandatory to write a reason for every downvote. Generally, I try to comment on my downvotes if I think there is a chance for improvement but some answers/questions should be downvoted as fast as possible and a mandatory essay is not ...
This is not something in the SE user interface that we at GIS can modify, and so your feature request is best posted at the network-wide Meta Stack Exchange.
I thought I would quickly find a feature request (probably declined) there but all I've found so far is:
Better advertising for the chat rooms
In the meantime we have this Meta GIS SE Q&A to help ...
Options, from strongest to weakest, include:
Edit the answer.
Provide an answer of your own specifically countering the accepted answer.
Comment (politely) on the answer.
Downvote the answer.
Any combination of these can be applied.
Moderators are not intended to arbitrate questions of fact or accuracy. The expectation is that through the mechanisms ...
There is an interesting answer as a Comment on one of the Answers to Is there a way to edit a question without bumping it to the front page? over at Meta StackOverflow which is from @JeffAttwood who says:
there is zero way to do this that doesn't involve hidden abuse and
sweeping changes under the rug. The answer is right in front of you:
So this is the comparison you are talking about:
This is first instance in 22,000 questions on GIS Stack Exchange where this has been identified.
I believe the tabs could be more prominent - there are users using css changes - on their local browsers to enhance their own GIS-SE experience.
While CSS can be used by people to enhance their own GIS-SE experience, I think requests such as this one make a lot of sense to try and improve the user experience of anyone who would prefer to use our site without resort to configuration or customisation.
I think the geodesy and datum tags are enough to cover this. The fact that any user with at least 300 reputation (see Privileges in the Help Center) can create tags and that these haven't been created yet suggests that other tags have been sufficient. Not every word in the English language relating to GIS needs to be a tag, just enough to help organize ...
While it could be construed as a double tag, technically it isn't. One is a software tag, one is a version tag.
qgis should be applied to all questions related to the QGIS software, regardless of version. The version tag, such as qgis-2.0 is used only for questions where a) that is the version asker is using or b) the version has specific relevance to the ...
The new help center page now addresses answering.
How do I write a good answer? section is a start link one can provide for new users.
Additionally, we might consider building a GIS Meta thread with specific guidelines to improve answering on GIS SE.
How to answer on GIS SE?
We already started this with questions:
What makes a good question?
Over time I have become less and less comfortable with using this Q&A as the place to add suggestions for new tag synonyms because the more there are here, the more likely they are to get buried, rather than assessed and implemented (where appropriate)
Consequently, I would like to encourage anyone reading this answer, to vote for a change in how tag ...