I just recently (some two weeks ago) noticed that on some sites (certainly Movies & TV and Seasoned Advice, even if harder to notice there) the font color inside the tags behaves like links, which means the font color is the normal one when the corresponding link (i.e. the respective tag page) has not been visited yet. But once you click/visit that tag, it turns into the color for visited links. This happens on the main site and on meta and seems to be a very recent "feature" (i.e. newer than the profile page update, I'd say).

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Now first of all, I'd like to know if this is a feature at all or just a bug somehwere in the style sheet or whatever. Or maybe this just happens to me (on Firefox 38.0.1), though, comments and chat indicate it doesn't.

If it is actually supposed to be a feature, though, then I would strongly question its validity, since it doesn't seem to be relevant if one has ever visited a tag's page and it just results in an inconsistent design for tags which suggests a semantic difference between the tags where there is none. It also seems to rob the tags of the nice design contrast their color provides to the rest of the sites' font colors.

The same bug/feature seems to apply to those little light grey "modified/answered/asked X hours ago" thingies under the question title in the questions list, too. And as it is for tags, this different coloring is equally unnecessary and distracting there, too. And also the same for the badges shown in the profile:

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I actually asked this question on a per-site meta already but since it didn't seem to get any attention from the responsible powers there and actually applies to more than one site, I figured I'd rather try my luck here.

2 Answers 2


As per the latest reply from Kurtis Beavers, on the meta from Movies & TV:-

Pushed a fix earlier today. Should be good now. - Kurtis Beavers

It was not disclosed how but its fixed now.


This is a .css feature which can be coded with :visited appended to the anchor.

Consider the css styling below

/* unvisited link */
a:link {
    color: blue;

/* visited link */
a:visited {
    color: red;

/* mouse over link */
a:hover {
    color: green;

/* selected link */
a:active {
    color: yellow;

One can incorporate different properties to the anchors just like this.

For me, this is very valid and we can also see this feature in Google, you can see color change in search result after clicking one of its link (link color changes from blue to violet). Though it won't work if you open the link in new tab.

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In the end, the design is totally dependent on designer/html developer, it can look good or bad depending on the style chosen.

Below is what I see in my computer. There is a definite change in the color of visited links and tags but that is not seem that off. It was a deliberate attempt as I checked the color from developer console where visited style is given

.question-hyperlink:visited, .answer-hyperlink:visited, #hot-network-questions ul a:visited {
  color: #1e6872;

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    Well, search result and "normal" links, sure. But it doesn't seems relevant for tags and badges, on the contrary, it is distracting. But first and foremost I don't see other sites doing this, like Meta Stack Exchange or Stack Overflow, nor was this part of the initial design as developed, but rather appeared from one day to the other. So this seems to be a bug in the CSS files employed on the affected sites. Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 9:59
  • Can you check it from other browser too. Browser also have this property to change the link properties. Like if you are using Firefox : Go to Tools Menu -> Options -> Content -> click Colors... button -> place Checkmark on Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above -> click OK
    – nik
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 10:19
  • At least other people have that problem, too. It's clearly the colors of the pages and not of my system, since they match to the design of the other visited links on the respective sites and as said, it doesn't happen on all sites. This is definitely a problem inherent in the design (or the specific browser support). Are you saying you don't have that problem on the affected sites? Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 10:30
  • I just checked the console for this and there was a visited style give. Added screenshot what I found in movies site.
    – nik
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 10:37
  • Well, if it really was an intentional change, then I'd like to hear that from the responsible powers, along with the motivation for that change and the reason it was done now and not earlier. But for badges it is really distracting in the profile view, since that puts dark cyan onto black. So I can't imagine that was so much of a deliberate move at all. Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 10:50
  • Ok, lets wait together :)
    – nik
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 11:18

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