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So Stack Exchange got new colors, and there’s a Meta.SE Q&A about it, but this issue seems to be specific to our site: questions with watched tags get a color highlight, but the contrast between it and regular questions is quite slight, so those questions don’t actually stand out the way they should:

Image from RPG.SE main page showing several questions, two with watched tags and three without, showing the limited contrast between the two

This hadn’t been mentioned on the Meta.SE Q&A because most sites don’t have this problem: their contrast is greater:

Image from Meta.SE main page showing three questions, one with a watched tag, to show the greater contrast

The cause here is pretty clear, too: all sites use --yellow-100 for this highlight color, but our site uses a different background color for regular questions that is much more yellow-ish (#FFFDF7) and thus much closer to --yellow-100 than the white (#FFFFFF) used on most sites. We need either a custom --yellow-100 (and presumably customizations to the other --yellow-### colors to correspond appropriately), or we need a custom rule that doesn’t use --yellow-100 for these questions.

(Cross-posted this to the new color Q&A on Meta.SE for visibility.)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It seems the problem is extremely endemic, as we use a yellow base color... might a swap to white highlighting for us specifically be an option? \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 9:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish At a guess, that would look odd and probably won’t have the desired contrast either. (My speculation: since our background seems about halfway between white and yellow-100, white won’t be any farther away from it than yellow-100 is.) \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 13:51

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