# The new color of Blockquotes bothers my eyes

The new color of blockquotes (transparent gray) bothers my eyes? See the example:

This is some text to illustrate how blockquotes look like.

Is that my problem or all?

• I agree. It is a bit annoying. – Asaf Karagila Aug 27 '20 at 19:31
• See related answer on the Meta question announcing the changes: meta.stackexchange.com/a/353557/279167 – Matt Samuel Aug 27 '20 at 21:29
• See this post, where the contrast between black text and grey text is more evident. I don't like this a bit. – amWhy Aug 27 '20 at 22:59
• @user400188: from their post it appears that they have done a major change in text formatting (aligning with CommonMark is one goal here) and they may not revert it. However if there is huge uproar over the grey colour used in quotes they may change the color to something else. I would prefer it black. – Paramanand Singh Aug 29 '20 at 3:54
• If so, they may lose many users!! – C.F.G Aug 29 '20 at 3:56
• @OmarS: see their announcement post. Some of the answers there give links to some scripts which disable the changes. I haven't tried them. In the long run I think users will have to get used to the changes as there is no other alternative to stackexchange right now. – Paramanand Singh Aug 29 '20 at 16:06
• off topic: why my post received 2 down-vote? (of course it is not important on meta, and of course the reputation isn't so important in life.) – C.F.G Aug 30 '20 at 11:04
• @C.F.G first there is no reputatjon on meta, second the post was tag feature-request at some point in which case dv means that somebody is against the requested feature, which in this case would mean they are in favor of the new look. – quid Aug 30 '20 at 11:31
• @C.F.G it is not that they downvote "just for that." The intent is that if somebody proposes a change the voting on the proposal is to be taken as a poll on the proposal (not as an evaluation of the post). I changed the tag as there is not clear proposal here. – quid Aug 30 '20 at 11:40
• @user400188 it is not that dramatic but to the extent it is a problem that's on the users that misused blockquotes for this. There were repeatedly warnings that blockquotes should not be used for emphasis, precisely because we do not know how it will look like down the road. math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25939 and math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23015 – quid Aug 30 '20 at 11:46
• I do not understand the question. There are best practices how to do such things; I assume those that did it know more about this than most that comment here, in any case more than I. In any case for users that have specific needs there are plenty of ways to control things locally as long as the formatting directives are used consistently. Let's hope the change will curb the rampant misuse of the feature. – quid Aug 30 '20 at 11:56
• @quid I don't think you can blame users for this mistake. The majority of people who use the site do not scour the meta for rules that where not mentioned on the official pages. If they are new and see other people using block quotes like this, then they will likely do the same thing. At the time of writing, those repeated warnings have only been read by at most 1229 people. – user400188 Aug 30 '20 at 12:24
• @user400188 it does not have much to do with being a "rule." You do have a point regarding most users going by imitation. However if you check the meta threads there was a lot of active resistance and the one meta post might have been seen more had it not been so ruthlessly downvoted into oblivion. – quid Aug 30 '20 at 12:36
• When I first saw the use of this block quote my impression was that it was designed to add a hell lot of emphasis to entire paragraphs. It wasn't at all clear that it was meant to quote something verbatim. Thus the visual look did not really match its intended purpose. Removing yellow background is a step ahead to align implementation with purpose of block quote. But changing color of the font adds a new purpose (which is actually not at all related to original purpose) of de-emphasizing the quoted text. – Paramanand Singh Aug 31 '20 at 15:55
• One can use a trick >$\color{black}{\text{some example}}$ to get ride of gray color of new blockquotes. Now it is emphasizing again!! – C.F.G Aug 31 '20 at 16:01