Your sample is back from the lab…

So. What UI feature has suddenly changed today?

Now… massively disrupting your colour scheme by introducing a brand new colour is very, very unlikely to be a bug.

But did the new colour *have* to look like… how shall I put this discretely…

… human liquid waste?

Quora loves using pale greys, and loves compromising the legibility of its text against pale greys. A paler shade of grey would have been much less likely to…

… how shall I put this indiscreetly…

… pee off your users. 🙂

Why are the Black people in America called African-Americans but we don’t have French-Americans or any other nationality Americans?

Am astonished that the obvious answer hasn’t been uttered yet.

There was a longstanding practice in America of referring to white ethnic minorities as hyphenated Americans. (Something Teddy Roosevelt famously decried.) There were, and are, French–Americans, Italian–Americans, German–Americans, etc etc.

Blacks changed their description from racial terms to a hyphenated American term in the 1980s, to emphasise that their deviation as a minority from any American norm should not be treated any different from that of French–Americans: that they too were just another ethnic minority within America—but still an integral part of the national fabric. That they were an ethnic minority, not a “different race”, with all the exoticisation and 3/5 of a person baggage that entailed.

Black people in America are called African–American in order to assert that they are no different from French–Americans. The discrepancy in prevalence with the white hyphenated terms is one of timing: by the 1980s, those white ethnicities had largely assimilated, so their hyphenated terms weren’t as widely heard as they were in Teddy Roosevelt’s time. And the steep rise in the 1980s is unsurprising: it was a deliberate coinage at a particular time.

African Americans – Wikipedia

In the 1980s, the term African American was advanced on the model of, for example, German-American or Irish-American to give descendants of American slaves and other American blacks who lived through the slavery era a heritage and a cultural base. The term was popularized in black communities around the country via word of mouth and ultimately received mainstream use after Jesse Jackson publicly used the term in front of a national audience in 1988. Subsequently, major media outlets adopted its use.


Many African Americans have expressed a preference for the term African American because it was formed in the same way as the terms for the many other ethnic groups currently living in the nation. Some argued further that, because of the historical circumstances surrounding the capture, enslavement and systematic attempts to de-Africanize blacks in the United States under chattel slavery, most African Americans are unable to trace their ancestry to a specific African nation; hence, the entire continent serves as a geographic marker.

If “Italia”is called Italy in English, why isn’t Albania called “Albany”?

Nick Nicholas’ answer to How did countries get their English names?

Otherwise, the main source of country names for the “Old” World—Europe, North Africa, major countries of Asia—is Latin, and indirectly Greek, as the prestige languages of English learning for a very long time. Thence the –ia suffix, which actually goes through three iterations:

  • ia for more recent loans, straight out of Latin, and less familiar countries (Albania, Persia, India, Slovakia)
  • y for Middle English and Early Modern English (from French), many instances of which later went to –ia (Turkey, Hungary, Italy; Normandy, Picardy; Indies for India, Candy for Candia = Crete)
  • e or nothing for very old and familiar country names (France, Spain)

EDIT: from comments:

Albany – Wikipedia: … An archaic name for Scotland, derived from the Gaelic Alba

The –y tells you the name was used in the Renaissance, when country names were still modelled after French (Albanie; Indies; Araby). Albany was originally in English a name for Scotland. English has a lot of tolerance for ambiguity, so they would have also called Albania Albany if they were paying Shqipëria any attention in the Renaissance.

As of 2017-04-10, who has not yet received their links of anonymised edit links from Quora?

Requested 10 days ago (i.e. April 10). Still have not heard anything.

UPDATE: Heard back today (April 26), with request to resend my email.

UPDATE: May 17. Never got the links. I did get mailed an edit link for the one anon answer I’ve posted since.

I also got a survey form on how well I thought Quora dealt with my query. I’ll respond to it when Quora deals with my query. 😐