I have just noticed this:

There are links in there, clickable and everything but not shown due to the site theme.

It should be something like this: (taken from different site in the network)

Can the color become cross-site please?

Edit: 10 months later, and it's still buggy and ugly:

Is this really that hard to fix?!

  • 2
    6 months and it's STILL not fixed.. What a shame.
    – user11153
    Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 21:33
  • 1
    @user11153 totally agree, I know for sure it's on the team's To Do List, but looks like it's in the very bottom of it. So it might take years. Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 23:04
  • Just came here to post the same thing myself. Here's my screenshot: i.sstatic.net/BOK1N.png.
    – TRiG
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:10
  • @TRiG yeah, it happens with all of them. You double posted by the way, please delete one of the comments. Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:09
  • Oops. I never knew that comments and stats links exist. Commented Apr 23, 2015 at 7:12

2 Answers 2


This is actually a CSS specificity issue. The links are styled to be non-black with the following CSS rule:

.ad-container a, .ad-container a:visited {
    color: #EAD29A;

but this rule is overridden by the (formally) more specific rule:

#sidebar a, .sidebar a {
    color: #000;

because an #id selector counts as more specific than a .class selector.

To fix this, the first CSS rule above should be rewritten to something more specific, such as:

#sidebar .ad-container a, #sidebar .ad-container a:visited {
    color: #EAD29A;

Ps. I've included this fix in SOUP v1.10. It's currently applied only to skeptics.SE, since other sites may style their ad links differently. If you encounter this bug on any other SE sites, please let me know.


Hooray! This is finally fixed. :-)

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