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IMPLEMENTED CHANGE: visited link color changed

  1. Jean Bakula profile image94
    Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago

    I was just on my account page and some hubs are listed in purple. What does this mean? Thanks.

    1. Zelkiiro profile image84
      Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You clicked them.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image94
        Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        But I didn't click them. I just logged in to check my stats. I looked at few individual ones, because sometimes there is a message at the top. I don't see anything obviously wrong with the ones I checked, and they are a mix of hubs that are read on an average basis, and very popular ones.

    2. Georgie Lowery profile image94
      Georgie Loweryposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think it's the "visited link" color. I just looked at my Hubs and some of them are purple, too. I clicked on one that wasn't, then came back and it had turned purple. You must have clicked on them at some point since the last time you cleared your cache or your history, and your browser is just showing it as a visited link.

      1. brianrock profile image91
        brianrockposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, it is most definitely the "visited link" color.

        To elaborate for anyone interested in the technical reasons...

        Your web bowser tracks which webpages you've accessed. It stores these in a list (your web history). When you open a webpage and it includes a link to a webpage that you've already visited (and is still stored in your web history), this is classified as a "visited" link.

        By default, these visited links appear purple. Websites can apply different styles to override this (using the a:visited css selector). Similarly, the default color for all links is blue, but this can be overridden by a specific website and a css style sheet. You should see a similar effect in Google. Search results that you've previously clicked on show up as purple instead of the typical blue.

        It seems that HubPages has modified their stylesheet slightly. Before, regular links and visited links were the same color (at least, as far as I remember). Now, they've defined a purple color (#551a8b) for all visited links. This is a little darker than the default purple color.

        Can't explain their reasoning for the color choice. But it is generally considered good practice to use two distinct colors for unvisited links and visited links. It's a useful part of the user experience, so the user knows what pages he or she has already gone to.

    3. kenneth avery profile image81
      kenneth averyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi, Jean,
      I wouldn't know. I just got a notification on my Yahoo Mail that one of my followers started a new thread, so I wanted to say hi and tell you that I seldom visit my account for it just gives me a migraine headache.
      Nice to see you again. Take care.

    4. Phyllis Doyle profile image91
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Several of mine are purple, too. I just noticed that the hubs I have clicked on, even hubs that are not mine, are now showing in purple. Brianrock seems to have the correct answer to this new mystery.

    5. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      We implemented a change to the color of the text for visited sites.
      If you would like the colors to be different, you may be able to control this behavior via your browser.

      Here is a Firefox add-on for example:
      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefo … or-toggle/

    6. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I noticed the same thing with mine yesterday. I opened my account and ALL of the hub links were purple (as if I had visited them). Like you, I was wondering what had happened.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    HP is messing around again. LOL

    Looks good I think. big_smile

  3. rebekahELLE profile image93
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    I noticed that threads and topics I have clicked on in the forums are purple and my screen name and all of my hub titles on my account page are purple.  It's probably supposed to help identify topics/threads/hubs we follow or have clicked.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    And Zelkiiro is right. HP just made that distinction more prominent now.

  5. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    The more I look at it and around, the more I love it. big_smile big_smile big_smile

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, but you like purple hazes more than some of us do.  Don't ask how we know.  We can tell.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Doing ctrl+ makes it look even more bitchin.

        1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
          Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Turn on your black lights and start rotating the mirrored ball on the ceiling.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image89
            paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Can't. The darn thing fell and killed my cat last week.

            On a serious note. With my eyes, I can see the purple text twice as clearly as I can see the light blue text. For me the light blue text has always been slightly fuzzy. The purple is clear as a bell. On the other hand, maybe my light-blue problem is because of my crummy monitor.

            1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
              Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Sorry about your cat.  I sort of got used to him hanging out on your porch in that one thread.

          2. Rochelle Frank profile image89
            Rochelle Frankposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Most of mine are purple-- and I don't have a mirror ball. Woe is I.

        2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
          Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Do you still have a bubble lamp or a filament lamp?  You know - those lamps with glowing strands of something-or-another coming out of the top?

  6. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago

    I have purple on some hubs I haven't clicked on in a while.  Like - maybe weeks.

  7. janshares profile image89
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    Purple is everywhere! Hard to figure it out at a glance. Even stuff I never click on (earnings on stat page) is purple. It all looks kind of random.

  8. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago

    Make that several months.  Also  - it is way more difficult to discern than red type, so if we have hubs that are pre-published (you know - the red letters), it's hard to spot them.

    I don't like the purple - not easy to distinguish things.  If there's some reason behind it, I would like HP to fill us in.  Please?

    Maybe those are the hubs awaiting QAP, or that have gone through it?  Can we get a better color going, guys?

  9. profile image0
    anndangoposted 4 years ago

    Glad to hear others are seeing purple. I thought I was going colour blind!

  10. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago

    Maybe HP's server ran out of ink?

    1. Jean Bakula profile image94
      Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Well, at least I know I'm not seeing things smile I tried to find a reason or sense of order, but didn't so far. It is possible the purple is just from clicks, as the first person to answer suggested. But I don't recall clicking on some of them for quite a long time. They were hubs of all different types, varied amounts of popularity. Maybe they did just run out of ink?

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah - you can't trust server ink anymore.  Bummer!

        There's no rhyme or reason on the purple stuff I am seeing - some I have clicked on recently and they're not purple, some I haven't been on in a few months, and they're purple.  Maybe an audit tool is crawling the site?  And leaving its purple stamp on things?

        Purple for Easter?  Hey - clue us in HP.  We are seeing things!

  11. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    BTW!!!! You kill your cookie, and you kill the purple. Until the next time you click whatever, of course.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I don't know how to kill off the cookies - I'm on a Mac.  I agree - the purple is brighter than the blue, but it's also too close to the color of the red hubs in my account.  Guess that means I should write them and get those titles published so it won't bother me.

      How do I kill off the cookies?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Figure out how your browser clears browsing data. Might be under something called toolbox or the like. Then when you select clear browsing data, it will also give you the option to delete the cookies as well.

        1. brianrock profile image91
          brianrockposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Minor technical point, but this isn't caused by cookies, it's caused by browsing history. You usually clear both at the same time when you clear browsing data, but they're two different things (and you can choose to clear one or the other).

          Cookies are bits of information stored on a server to identify you and link it to important information (like whether or not you're logged in as a HubPages author). Browsing history is tracked in your browser, and it's simply a list of websites you've visited.

          Links that you have visited (and haven't cleared out of your browsing history) will appear purple, unless a website re-defines the style for visited links.

          1. Paul Maplesden profile image89
            Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks for the explanation, I genuinely never knew that! Really well explained as well.

  12. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago

    You notice HP hasn't chimed in yet.  And we're on the Technical Problems Forum.  They're too busy playing with the mirrored ball and listening to Stairway to Heaven.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      As well they should. Besides, what problem? big_smile

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Problem?  No problem, you say?

        We are whining, spoiled Hubbers who do not like CHANGE of any sort.  We demand answers.  We demand everything to be just as it has always been, only better, but we get to PICK the 'better' stuff.  None of these surprise attacks in purple type.  No sir.  You want to change to purple type, you gotta run it by us carefully in the Forum, and the weekly newsletter thing, and beta test it and soften everyone up for CHANGE.

        Gonna turn up the music and get some herbal tea.  Maybe I will take a hot bath. Purple type. Sheesh.  Who do they think they are?

        1. kenneth avery profile image81
          kenneth averyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You are a very honest girl. And you're right. Drink up.

          1. Jean Bakula profile image94
            Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Hi Kenneth,
            It's nice to see you, it's been awhile. Maybe the purple is for Easter, to be cheery. I'm getting out the lava lamp now.

            1. kenneth avery profile image81
              kenneth averyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Wow. Sounds uptown. Really refined. I love it. I've missed you, Jean. You should write me sometime.

  13. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 4 years ago via iphone

    I see purple type in various places. I like purple but hard on eyes. Maybe it is an Easter color. I agree. No more surprises. My brain is on overload!!!!!

  14. MelissaBarrett profile image60
    MelissaBarrettposted 4 years ago

    That's it, I'm out of here.

    I'm unpublishing all my hubs and leaving.

    I have take all the crap in stride, all the changes, all the idles and QAP (by those idiot turkers)

    But lavender? This is this is the kind of tedious nonsense up with which I will not put.

    1. SoundNFury profile image84
      SoundNFuryposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      lol that was the straw, eh? 

      (I'm assuming you're kidding) smile

  15. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 4 years ago via iphone

    I cleared history. They're gone.

  16. mydoc profile image60
    mydocposted 4 years ago

    My link color are also in purple shade.... Is it risky for any of my hub....

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