It came to my attention that some answers have the font in gray. What is the criteria for this? I am guessing that it might be low voting, but am not sure. The question with the same down voting is not in gray. Is there other places that can become gray?

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    I think gray out is only for answers with -3 or lower score.
    – YOU
    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:27
  • @YOU I see. Thanks.
    – user458
    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:32
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    Is this a new feature? I never saw it before... Maybe it happens only in Beta SE, since on EL&U I never saw it.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:57
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    @Alenanno: It is not new. On some SE sites, graying is disabled (probably by accident). Oct 24, 2011 at 12:54

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As YOU notes, this happens when the score of an answer drops to -3.

The gray text is intended to de-emphasize the answer somewhat, since most readers have clearly not found it particularly helpful thus far. At this point, if the author deletes it, he'll get the peer-pressure badge.

  • Why do we have a badge for this kind of things?
    – Pacerier
    Nov 23, 2011 at 10:48
  • @Pacerier, probably to encourage people to take down their answers if it's not helping anyone... Jan 19, 2012 at 22:01

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