Currently, quoted text (paragraphs starting with > in Markdown) is displayed with a wider margin and a very visible yellowish background in the main site. This has led some users to think that it is a form of emphasis and that it can be used as a way to emphasize a full paragraph.

In my opinion, the root cause of this misunderstanding is the color scheme. I would suggest to change the CSS for blockquotes to something less flashy; for instance, the scheme currently used on Meta (black text on grey background) looks fine to me.

This misuse happens regularly on other SE sites as well AFAIK (tex.se most notably), but I am posting it here rather than on meta.stackexchange because in my view it is a CSS issue and CSS are site-specific.

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    I support this. Also, I would like to have another "block" environment which would be perceived as some blocked text and not as a quote. You know, like some textbooks put boxes around theorems and such or like terrytao.wordpress.com who use boxes to emphasize theorems (ironically, with blockquotes which is the way latex2wp.py translates environments like theorem and such). But, as far as I, see markdown does have the capabilities to provide such thing…
    – Dirk
    Feb 5, 2016 at 14:54
  • Note that while site-specific, Academia SE’s blockquote style is used by the vast majority of sites, in particular all beta sites.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Feb 5, 2016 at 14:56
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    It seems like the network-wide formatting change a little while back effectively solved this problem for blockquotes - SE initially removed the background color entirely and made the text color of blockquotes identical to regular body text, and now seem to have made the font color of blockquote text slightly lighter than regular body text. @Wrzlprmft should this be tagged as [status-completed] or some other status tag?
    – V2Blast
    Aug 31, 2020 at 20:50


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