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I have noticed that the popup notification, "daily vote limit reached" has different colors depending (I assume) on how close the user is to being able to vote again. For instance, a user got this popup when he could vote again in a couple of minutes:

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And this one when he was 9 hours from being able to vote again:

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Is this by design? And if yes, do the different colours depend on time left to be able to vote again, or on some other variable? Are they randomly chosen?

I couldn't find anything on meta explaining this inconsistency (and by "inconsistency" I mean: sometimes the popup is blue, sometimes it is red, and I'd just like to understand why it changes).

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Did you by any chance try to vote once from the question page and once from the review page? See this –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 15:13
    
@ShaWizDowArd I'm not completely sure, since the popups didn't appear to me, but to another user. –  Lamak Jul 25 '13 at 15:18
    
Please ask him/her then, it's pretty important information. :) –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 15:20
    
@ShaWizDowArd Will do and let you know when/if I get an answer. Thatnks for taking the time to address this question –  Lamak Jul 25 '13 at 15:23

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This appears to be a by-design visual cue, something seen in various places around the network (though most of these are actually moderator-only).

Some of the elements on Stack Exchange sites use the following colorings (found in all.css):

.cool {color:#999 !important;}
.warm {color:#9B764F !important;}
.hot {color:#CF7721 !important;}
.hotbg {background-color:#CF7721 !important;}
.supernova {color:#e01f1f !important;}
.supernovabg {color:#3c3927 !important;background-color:#fbe253;}

Basically, if it's a low value, it's blue. If it's a high value, it's red (not always true, but it seems to depend entirely on the metric)

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Yeah, those apply to comment score and to the "characters left" when adding new comment. Good example of the different colors can be found here. :) –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 15:11
    
@ShaWizDowArd many mod-tools-only things use them, too. –  Amelia Jul 25 '13 at 15:33
    
Nice, didn't know that! :) –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '13 at 18:07

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