This is a screenshot of a beta site as it looks currently. Which links look visited to you?

Sample screenshot

For me, the darker links say "new" and the faded ones say "viewed".

However, that's actually the opposite of what they are. The dark link is viewed, and the faded ones are new.

Now, this is all very subjective, and it may be just my brain that's at fault. So what does meta think? Should the colours be switched?

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    If that is what you are seeing, I'm sorry for you. I look at it and see the one with 5 answers visited.
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 6:03
  • Yes that is how it is here, but this site seems like the only exception. It just takes some getting used to.
    – Cole Tobin
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 6:04

2 Answers 2


This was "fixed" two years ago:

Can we switch the "Visited" and "Unvisited" link colour on beta Stackexchange sites?

It seems like the "fix" was by design - they made the visited links darker than the unvisited links. I think it's arguable that that may have been better in the previous checked beta theme, but in the new theme, I tend to agree with you. If I loaded that page I would assume that the 2nd link is the only one I haven't been to. The "lighter" color behaves in this case more as a fader than a brightener; I'm pretty sure the intention of highlighting "new" links is to make them stand out as "brighter" not fade into the background. The latter seems to be the effect achieved here.

Here on meta, for example, visited links are lighter, though admittedly the difference is much more subtle than on SO and dba.SE, where the opposite is true:

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I might suggest changing your title to:

Can we switch the "Visited" and "Unvisited" link colour on beta Stackexchange sites back again?


(I also think this came up more recently, but couldn't find an adequate duplicate.)


In addition to what Aaron said, the reason for a darker color is that that is what it normally is so that is what humans are used to. If you write a basic HTML link with no CSS, the default color is blue, but when you click on it, it turns purple. (unless you modify your browser settings) What is backwards is this site itself. Turning the link brighter is counter-intuitive unless done right (which I think it is here).

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