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.
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 ...
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 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 default behaviour of links is to open in the same page; this is true for all websites. Because this is the default, people expect links to open in the same page; as a developer, you can override it, but only if you have very good reasons to do so. (I don't see any in your question right now.)
If you do want to open a link in a new page/tab, you can rely ...
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 ...
Having just been through a number of Close Votes where the subject was definitely on-topic I also agree with the no longer relevant suggestion. The questions were not off-topic according to the purpose of this site, they were merely old or an answer had been discovered by the Original Poster (OP). So, pedantically, I didn't feel I could vote to close the ...
Implementing an enhancement request like this is something that could only be done at the Stack Exchange network level i.e. via Meta Stack Exchange rather than here at Meta GIS Stack Exchange.
I could not find a similar request there when I looked just now but if you decide to post there then, before doing that, be sure to review How does the bounty system ...
Modification to how bounties work is not something that we at GIS SE can customize at a site level.
Consequently, you would need to post such a feature request at Meta Stack Exchange which deals with network-wide issues.
If you decide to post there be sure to look for any duplicates first because the site is quite unforgiving on anything tagged feature ...
As far as I know the only time you will ever see more than one duplicate to a question is when it's reviewers have differing opinions as to which is more appropriate. Each reviewer is expected to choose the one question that they think represents the same question having been asked before.
To enable a single reviewer to choose more than one duplicate would ...
There is a different Off-Topic flag that I believe you should be using in this situation. The flag you refer to is specifically for migrating questions from one SE site to another. We don't migrate often.
Rather we prefer to close as Off-Topic with the close reason that it should be on a different site. If the Asker requests that we migrate it, then ...
To achieve a change such as this the place to ask would be Meta Stack Exchange because it is not something that can be customized on a per-site basis.
That question has already been asked there as:
Include both the chat and blog links permanently in the header
What I think prevents the Chat button being made more prominent is that chat is designed for ...