.question-status is a rather tough to read pale orange on light gray.
Windows 8, IE10, 125% zoom (because large monitor):
Chrome 29, Ubuntu 13.04, 125% zoom: (nevermind the black border courtesy of
If we want to get an objective unit of measure, Contrast-A says
#DC9714 fails the Web Content Accessibilty Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) by getting a Luminance Constrast Ratio of 2.13 when 4.5 would be better. I'm not saying we need to abide to WCAG 2.0, I'm just saying it's probably not my monitor, or my eyes, being messed up :)