The shading for accepted answers was a nice UI touch, please bring it back.

  • People will still notice if the status-bydesign tag is there. I'm Ron Burgundy?
    – random
    Sep 20, 2009 at 6:20
  • By anyone I mean that the powers-that-be won't see it on their feature-request search that they do, since they exclude looking at the status-bydesign (and status-declined) tags. (As best as I remember, can't find the explanatory link right now.) Sep 20, 2009 at 7:08
  • OK, they don't look at status-declined or status-deferred, but apparently still look at status-bydesign. Good News. Sep 22, 2009 at 18:37
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    Everyone will have to keep upvoting this question then ;) Sep 22, 2009 at 18:45
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    For those reading the comments, Jeff has now changed this from status-bydesign to status-declined. All hope is gone. May 13, 2010 at 18:08

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It's been turned off on the whole "Trilogy". See just above the last graphic here.

@Jeff: Turn it back on, please!

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    The SE sites open right now are chroma awful.
    – random
    Sep 18, 2009 at 5:15
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    They look like a Mardi Gras parade crashed into an Easter-egg dye factory. Sep 18, 2009 at 5:20
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    A Mardi Gras parade at least has a sense of colour.
    – random
    Sep 18, 2009 at 5:21

I see some people hated the high (for small ammount of high) contrast of the accepted answers' background, and some of us miss it.

Coul we have it back in at least a pale green colour?

Something like #d3ffde? This would be subtle enough and work the same way it used to for those of us that have already trained ourselfs at not looking to the checkmark :P


Jeff changed it as one of the tweaks to the look & feel of the sites. From the lastest blog post here

I just deployed a change to remove the accepted answer color to make color schemes a bit easier for SE. But I do believe that we can and should do much, much better than the existing Stack Exchange color schemes. Seriously, what does this say to you?

I am assuming this change was also applied to the rest of the Trilogy sites. It's a bit disconcerting but I do like it better. It does make answers easier to read, and helps on sites like SF or SU where we use screenshots on white backgrounds.

  • Good point about screenshots, that's why I kinda like the change too. E.g. this answer looks much better now: superuser.com/questions/32885/…
    – Jonik
    Sep 18, 2009 at 23:34
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    I don't get the advantage of "screenshots on white backgrounds". The white background of a screenshot still shows white if the answer has a green background. If you want transparency, use a transparent image. Sep 23, 2009 at 10:30

The background colour doesn't contribute any additional information that the checkmark doesn't already. And, with users' own answers already being a different colour, it's confusing to remember which is which.

I don't mind the missing background, it looks cleaner.

  • +1, couldn't agree more. In fact, the background was so dark as to make the text more difficult to read. Sep 18, 2009 at 8:08
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    While it does look better, some sort of shading to help it stand out would be nice... just not something so... bold?
    – AnonJr
    Sep 18, 2009 at 15:24
  • At first, I felt I miss the shading but now that I'm used to the new style, IMO it's much better .
    – mmx
    Sep 19, 2009 at 19:22
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    -1, totally disagree. If there was a tiny bit of text buried under the answer saying "Accepted answer", then the checkmark "doesn't contribute any additional information". But you will surely agree that would be a bad design idea. The point of the green background is to convey the information quickly. Now I'm wondering on EVERY question if there is an accepted answer or not and consciously checking, rather than just knowing without thinking. Sep 22, 2009 at 18:43

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