# question link visited/unvisited colors (new questions are “grayed out”)

This bit is driving me crazy, and I finally figured out what the source of the problem was: The default link color in the security site is a fairly light faded blue (#3D85B0) making links less visible, while visited links are visibly higher saturation and higher contrast against the background (#1b608a), making them more visible than unvisited links.

The end result is that new questions are effectively "greyed out" and less visible in comparison to old questions. That is, the when you visually scan the list of questions, the questions that you have already visited stand out, while the new ones fade into the background.

This is backwards. The question you haven't seen yet, the new ones, should draw your attention. This is the way all the other stackexchange sites work.

When I'm on this site I find myself returning to questions I've already answered and missing questions I haven't seen yet because the visual cues are counter-intuitive.

A simple fix is to swap the a versus a:visited colors in the stylesheet.

EDIT
For other people having the same problem, you can create a user-stylesheet (the plugin stylish can make this easy for Firefox/Chrome). I put the following into mine, and everything looks cleaner:

a { color: #004377; }
a:visited { color: #8C9DA9; }

• hmmm - on my screens, the lighter, unvisited ones stand out so it works well for me. I'm pretty certain if it doesn't work for you there is a workaround someone wrote for chrome and firefox (with greasemonkey) to change it to whatever you like – Rory Alsop Jan 27 '12 at 18:42
• I came here to post this - it looks like the links I've clicked are unread and the links I haven't are read. If I come here for a quick browse I'll often click on the few 'read that look unread', think 'i read these already' and close my window – Andy Smith Apr 23 '12 at 9:13
• I hadn't noticed this until you pointed it out (you git!) but now that you have, I realise that my eyes have indeed been drawn to items I've already seen, rather than new ones. – Polynomial Oct 4 '12 at 12:16