There are numerous posts within the network about changing the highlighting color of questions that contain a favorited tag.

None of the questions listed above have been answered or given any sort of status (declined, pending, ect..), so I am posting this here with a slightly different request.

As others have mentioned, I find the current highlighting a bit difficult to read on sites that use the yellowish background, it really messes with my eyes.

I would like to suggest removing the background color adding a visual indicator to the side of the question summary.

I came up with the following, I've added a border to the left side of the question summary with the main color of each sites theme; Stack Overflow orange, and Super User blue.

Interesting questions are still clearly visible in the list and the content is easy to read.

Stack Overflow favorite tag highlighting

Super User favorite tag highlighting

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    The current yellowish background is ugly and makes my eyes bleed / me not want to have any favourite tags when I can't use SOX (i.e, mobile)
    – cat
    Apr 16, 2016 at 4:16
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    11 hours until I can start a bounty, but I wanna start one now :c
    – cat
    Apr 16, 2016 at 15:29
  • @cat that would be pointless, SE team is already looking into it - that is more than most feature requests can ever hope for. :) Apr 17, 2016 at 12:20
  • @ShadowWizard I would know, 'cause I've made a few, all of which were pretty quietly ignored :) I didn't see that, and I'm very excited to no longer bleed my eyes onto my phone.
    – cat
    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:24
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    @cat well, even this does not guarantee anything, Nick said "we're working on it" on some other request four years ago, just to vanish into thin air. Let's hope Jarrod is more serious/responsible. Apr 17, 2016 at 12:26
  • @ShadowWizard I've updated the request per your suggestion.
    – matt.
    May 14, 2016 at 21:56
  • Thanks, much better now. May 14, 2016 at 21:58

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Custom user style can this - https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/321085/4157407
Without icons in tags, but looks way better than original.

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  • I've already got a userscript that applies the styling pictured above but thank you for including this here.
    – matt.
    May 14, 2016 at 4:09
  • @ᴉʞuǝ At first I had same solution as in your proposal, but those rods felt a bit blatant, but my solution needs embedding an image which affects page loading time
    – Mikhail V
    May 14, 2016 at 23:17

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