The blockquote HTML tag is often used for things that are not literally quotations—for example, in duplicate question notices—so the giant quotation mark is quite often incorrect or misleading.

Since fixing duplicate question notices to not be (erroneously, imho) tagged as "blockquotes" is clearly a request that is falling on deaf ears, can we at least just get rid of the giant quotation mark? It was a nice idea, but it'd be better to have no decoration than have a wrong misleading decoration.

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    to be perfectly honest I have never liked that giant quotation mark Apr 26, 2011 at 9:55
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    I think this is (or rather, was) a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater: because there are parts of the interface that are incorrectly marked up as blockquotes, we've gotten rid of the quote-like formatting of blockquotes.
    – Marthaª
    Apr 30, 2011 at 14:57
  • @martha the giant blockquote graphic was rather obnoxious all by itself, putting aside any other concerns. May 12, 2012 at 18:21

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Completed per Minor design tweak.

  • This has nothing to do with Jeff, but why was this downvoted? I assume someone was just letting off steam but why take it out on an informative answer that provides a relevant link to the action taken in response to the question/request?
    – MrHen
    Apr 28, 2011 at 15:03
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    @mrhen I don't take meta downvotes personally; on meta, a downvote can mean almost anything someone wants it to. Apr 29, 2011 at 4:58
  • Fair enough. I am still trying to figure this all out. :)
    – MrHen
    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:48

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