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It looks like the CSS for links in the UI has recently changed, and most of the links are now always underlined:

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This is a little heavy IMHO, and is not consistent with other links on the page (e.g. user cards under questions).

It happens for me on Chromium 77.0.3865.120.

Is this a bug? Can it be fixed?

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Please?

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    I get this too on Firefox and Chrome (only on answers - not questions) - was writing the same question. – Wai Ha Lee Jan 9 '20 at 16:57
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    Yep, I'm on Chrome 79 and I just noticed this within the last few minutes. I happened to have a tab open where the answer links looked fine, refreshed it, and now they're underlined just like in the screenshot. – F1Krazy Jan 9 '20 at 16:59
  • Yeah, my main concern is that it was taking up too much space, making it difficult to write comments. Feel free to replace it with a smaller version. Also, for the meme I added, see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19478/the-many-memes-of-meta/…. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Jan 9 '20 at 17:00
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    Ha. Yeah, that's not intentional. We'll fix it up. – Adam Lear Jan 9 '20 at 17:02
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    Repro'ed here as well on both Firefox and Edge, logged in and logged out, only answers as well – Erik A Jan 9 '20 at 17:03
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    MSO version: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/392798/… – Shog9 Jan 9 '20 at 17:21
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    @AdamLear Banners, Q, A, and C on some sites - FF Android, desktop view. Not answers only. – Rob Jan 9 '20 at 17:22
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    btw "fix up" != "fix" – Lightness Races in Orbit Jan 9 '20 at 17:51
  • @AdamLear I do like the link underlines on comments. You should keep those. – user651518 Jan 9 '20 at 18:01
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    The change is the addition of the selector .answercell a:not(.post-tag):not(.badge-tag) to the CSS rule in primary.css which used to be .post-text a:not(.post-tag):not(.badge-tag), .comment-copy a, .wmd-preview a:not(.post-tag):not(.badge-tag) { text-decoration:underline } – Makyen Jan 9 '20 at 18:08
  • I'm assuming this was another bug in the work to refactor all the sites CSS now that various legacy browsers are no longer officially being supported. – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Jan 9 '20 at 18:20
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    Same happens to links inside of posts. Not happening in chat on mobile or desktop. The glitch in desktop does not happen on the mobile site – Stormblessed Jan 9 '20 at 18:46
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Ever look at a line of CSS and think "that seems legit"? I should really stop doing that.

The fix is live in production. Thanks for the report!

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