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After surfing/voting/closing on Programmers this morning, I realized that I had earned a few hats! When I went to check where they were at so that I could show them off, I found that some of the hats that I met the criteria for still aren't there after >20 minutes!

I'm guessing hats are going to take longer than badges to get and be seen, but why such a long wait? When will I get my precious hats?

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    explained at MSO: Winter Bash hats delay. Actually all the questions about hats I had so far (about handful I think) turned out to be already asked and answered in MSO tag: winterbash
    – gnat
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:42

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There's a small delay (anywhere from 30m to 2h) for hats, similar to how badges sometimes take a while to appear, the server side scripts that award them run periodically.

Patience young grasshopper!

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