Is there a new (e.g. grayish) background highlighting for code now? I get the impression that there is and that syntax highlighting does not stand out as well against it as it stood out before. I mean what you get by doing, say, this:

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  • I haven't noticed a recent change. Code blocks have always had a gray background and I'm not aware that the shade has changed. But there is going to be a major design change very soon anyway: emacs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/541/… – Gilles Nov 28 '18 at 13:19
  • 1. OK. Seems like the blue of defun doesn't show up well. 2. Guess we'll have to address problems introduced by the new design after it descends upon us. 3. Was such a new design actually requested by users, or is this just some top-down imposed "improvement"? – Drew Nov 28 '18 at 15:49
  • The new design is imposed. Its primary motivation is to make it easier for Stack Exchange to design ultra-lightweight themes for new sites, and to evolve site designs. The two benefits for users is that it's a first step towards responsive design, and that sites that still have the beta look can get a custom design faster. User reception on sites that have switched has ranged from unenthusiastic to anger to hatred. – Gilles Nov 28 '18 at 20:40
  • @Gilles: I see. So this is done to benefit users, but so far the available existing-user response is negative. Interesting summary. ;-) Yes, I saw some similar reactions in English Language & Usage. Whatever happened to "poll the users"? – Drew Nov 29 '18 at 3:43
  • This is not really done to benefit the users, no. It has only one advantage for users of sites that already have their own design, which is responsiveness, and even for that many users don't care and the feature is still very far from working properly. SE polled the users, users said “this sucks”, SE said “tough”. – Gilles Nov 29 '18 at 9:44
  • @Gilles: OK. Thanks for the background. Not a big deal, but too bad, I guess (aka "tough"). – Drew Nov 29 '18 at 17:29

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