Good find. Sites like Licenselab that use heavy contrast throughout can get away with it in my opinion. Although for me personally, even then I would still drop the body text back a little, while keeping the absolute black for design elements.
todaythe12 seem to be using a strange technique, transparent colour for text, with a black text shadow with all values set at 0px. I can’t seem to see the reasoning behind this, there doesn’t seem to be any difference as opposed just using black.
> I’m glad we could have a healthy discussion on this topic.