Recently, I found that when I use > to quote a paragraph, the color is now white or some kind of silver. Personally, I think that the yellow is more ease to the eyes.

Could you please explain why the color has changed? Is there any way to restore the old yellow color?

  • $\begingroup$ Several months ago, site managers have tried to enforce a very politically correct policy concerning gender pronouns, which only served to enrage their user base. As such, they are now trying to enforce a highly controversial policy with regards to background colors. $\endgroup$
    – Lucian
    Mar 22, 2020 at 4:43
  • $\begingroup$ It still looks fine on mobile devices, hopefully they will not "fix" it. $\endgroup$
    – Sil
    Mar 24, 2020 at 14:16

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This is intended and there is no way to revert. For more information and discussion about the matter, see here.

A quick summary of the motivation, found in the aforementioned post:

We’re making a few changes to blockquotes soon. Historically, we had a bit of feedback that the yellow backgrounds were overpowering, reducing the contrast of the quote itself. The yellow border also lacks contrast with the background. Others have indicated that there should be more visible differences between block quotes and spoilers and between code and quotes.

These yellows also compete with theming in our communities, especially those with backgrounds that aren’t perfectly white like English Language & Usage and Role-Playing Games.

We’re proposing we switch to a single gray bar in our blockquotes. This should fix those theming issues and make it easier to distinguish between quotes, spoilers and code.

This will also improve blockquote nesting, since our current nesting is a mess because the darker yellow bar is barely noticeable on the paler yellow background.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 Regardless of whether one likes it or not (personally I don't), this is the right answer. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2020 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ And these announcements are made in meta where many of us have no reputation for downvoting. Annoying. $\endgroup$ Mar 14, 2020 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinArgerami you could ask/answer to earn 24 points so that you could downvote $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Mar 14, 2020 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ @user486983: fair enough, but it means that unless I have something meaningful to say, either I have to farm reputation, or I have no voice in situations like this (when I do have meaningful reputation is several SE sites). $\endgroup$ Mar 14, 2020 at 21:29
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinArgerami well.. then make a choice. I am sure you have meaningful things to say. For example, I have earned ~200 points by just asking 4 questions $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Mar 14, 2020 at 21:48
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinArgerami Actually, they lowered the threshold to downvote on Meta.SE to avoid this issue (see here, so even with 101 reputation you can downvote all questions you want (but only two answers, since it cost rep). (After writing this I realised you have 99 rep on Meta.SE, so I guess you knew this already...) $\endgroup$
    – Arnaud D.
    Mar 16, 2020 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ In mobile site it is still yellow. Now people will have to stop abusing the use of blockquotes... quid warned us all this could happen $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Mar 16, 2020 at 10:37
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulPlummer Could you please tell more? When and what did quid tell about it? $\endgroup$ Mar 22, 2020 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ @მამუკაჯიბლაძე there have been questions in the past about the very frequent misuse of blockquotes to emphasize something and quid has written some answers on it. See here for example. $\endgroup$
    – user29123
    Mar 22, 2020 at 13:19

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