Visited links on the site are a dark blue that has very low contrast with the surrounding black text. This isn't a problem in post bodies since links are dotted-underlined (except in post preview, oddly), but visited links tend to disappear in comments.

I'm a visually-typical individual, and even I have a hard time seeing a visited link when I know it's there (because I just made the comment). It won't often be a problem of course since to "disappear" a link a user has to visit it first, but some of us like to have our browsers keep our visited-link history for a very long time, and it's contrary to web design best practices to make visited links visually disappear anyway. I'm sure it's a bug or oversight (judging from the extra styling on in-post links)—could it be fixed?

A screenshot illustrates how there's hardly any contrast in luminance or colour between the regular and link text:

Plain text and hyperlinked text example

  • for reference the color of visited links in hex is: #114475
    – Vogel612
    Aug 6, 2014 at 19:32
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    [status-completed] by an SE Dev on the duplicate, following suit here.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Dec 4, 2020 at 10:44

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You could use a browser extension, such as StyleBot for Chrome, to alter the CSS of the website more to your liking. You can make visited links any color using the CSS:

a:visited { color: pink !important }
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    I could, but that doesn't make it less of a bug that deserves to be reported here. That wouldn't fix it for anyone else using the site. Aug 27, 2012 at 16:39
  • It is my personal opinion that the colors are currently fine, which is why I recommended an external solution.
    – KOVIKO
    Aug 27, 2012 at 17:25
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    Then that's more of a comment, not an answer to the bug report. Thanks though. Aug 27, 2012 at 17:32
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    I agree with sevensideddie btw, I find all the link colors hard to see. I see it often when I try to proofread my answers. I sometimes miss my own links.
    – Ids
    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:29
  • I still don't agree that an opinion counts as a bug, though. I have no issues with them.
    – KOVIKO
    Oct 1, 2012 at 16:01
  • You may be more familiar with software bugs? Designs can contain bugs too. Feb 16, 2013 at 17:24
  • That doesn't mean that what you've pointed out is a bug. If the developers consider this to be the intended look, then your opinion that it is a "flaw" is irrelevant. The links look different than regular text. The amount of difference is personal preference.
    – KOVIKO
    Feb 17, 2013 at 15:49
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    Or maybe UX isn't actually personal preference. Apr 3, 2015 at 2:08

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