# Should the accepted answer really have a green background?

I find it annoying reading black text on a bright green background when looking at the accepted answer. I thought the big green checkmark was enough to mark which answer has been accepted.

• There is a vague plan of a general redesign of the site AFAIK. Personally, I quite like the aspect you find annoying, though. – user9072 Mar 18 '14 at 19:34
• I, for one, have no problems with that choice of colors. I might even say that I like it. It offers good contrast, and is easily discernible. But I wouldn't mind if it was changed (as long it isn't something which causes problems). – Asaf Karagila Mar 19 '14 at 1:43
• I also find annoying that questions with an accepted answer are displayed with the same color (dark green) used for questions with answers, but none of them accepted (light green). cstheory.stackexchange.com is more clear. – Marzio De Biasi Mar 21 '14 at 16:01
• @MarzioDeBiasi I would say if it is more clear depends on what one wants to stress. The stress here is on distiguishing between question without and answer and questions with an answer, and I think this site does (there might be exceptions if the colors red/green are difficult to distibguish) a better job at this then the one you mention (where the stress seems to be on distinguishing accpept or not, which is not that relevant, IMO). – user9072 Mar 22 '14 at 13:29
• I like $\color{magenta}{\mbox{magenta}}$ – Will Jagy Mar 22 '14 at 21:30
• @WillJagy my eyes are already tired after too much work and SE, and now that! Really, it hurts. Well it is not that bad but still. :-) – user9072 Mar 22 '14 at 21:59
• @quid, I don't think the word fuchsia works. I do sometimes put color in answers. There is a list of color commands somewhere. I believe one version is six hexadecimal digits, as the #ffffff in the answer CSS code below. Don't actually know what CSS is. They have a really pale blue that might be easier on the eyes than the green they use. Or a paler green. – Will Jagy Mar 22 '14 at 23:15
• @WillJagy oh fuchsia again, I still remember some discussion you had on that in chat. Perhaps we could do some really fancy color theme for MO once. It was suggested on some occassion we need more gold on this site. So we might have it in fuchsia and gold. :-) – user9072 Mar 23 '14 at 0:04
• @quid, I like it. I believe it turned out that there was a Fuchs for Fuchsian groups and a Fuchs for the flower Fuchsia and the color of that, not things I had known. I was also surprised to learn that there was a Hesse for whom the Hessian matrix was named. Live and learn... – Will Jagy Mar 23 '14 at 0:08
• @WillJagy and presumably it another Hesse that the one that wrote Steppenwolf. I guess we should stop now not to annoy Almo with all the notifications. I would be in chat though; not that that room freezes again. – user9072 Mar 23 '14 at 0:25

If it really bothers you, it is trivially easy to inject your own CSS styling onto the site using a userscript. This requires tampermonkey or greasemonkey depending on whether you're using chrome or firefox (or check your browser's userscripting capability). A good resource to start re-coding is this page. It is as simple as making a new userscript that contains

// @match      http://mathoverflow.net/*


in the header, with the CSS injector

function addGlobalStyle(css) {
style = document.createElement('style');
style.type = 'text/css';
style.innerHTML = css;