An excessive palette of colours distracts, as per this answer. However, what of adding simply one more colour?

1 key reason: Suppose you're quoting a long text that already uses bolds and italics. Then all formatting tools have been exhausted; no tools remain. So how can you highlight something?

The following posts already use or substantiate the utility of one more colour:

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    I don't understand the relevance to language sites. Why would language sites benefit significantly from having 1 color? – psubsee2003 May 24 '15 at 22:09
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    For Japanese, where italics aren't often used and look strange, it would give us something other than bold to use. (The Powers That Be have already forbidden underlining, which would also be very useful on language sites.) – snailcar May 26 '15 at 3:50
  • @snailboat Thank you for your support. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal May 27 '15 at 0:37
  • @psubsee2003 Since colour is needed to differentiate and highlight? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal May 27 '15 at 0:37
  • @LawArea51Proposal-Commit I still don't see what makes language sites special in this regard. Why do language sites need this special treatment where regular sites do not? – psubsee2003 May 27 '15 at 0:44
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    You may want to consider adding the info from @snailboat 's comment to your question, so that the reason this feature is needed is a little more clear. – apaul May 27 '15 at 16:39
  • @apaul34208 Thanks. Done. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jun 8 '15 at 4:56
  • @psubsee2003 Some regular sites are treated specially, like those with MathJAX? Please see my updated OP. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jun 8 '15 at 4:58
  • Another answer that benefits from colours: english.stackexchange.com/a/5043/50720 – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jun 15 '15 at 21:03

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