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one thing I disagree with you on is making the text black as opposed to #333. I feel the current shade works fine whereas absolute black is too strong for a site that does not mirror the same amount of contrast elsewhere, not to mention more painful on the eye, again ubuntu as body text doesn’t help either! – @croydon86

I was in a private conversation with another member from Typophile recently and he had mentioned this to me, and I quote

“I can show you scientific studies with empirical data that demonstrate that reducing contrast reduces human performance.”

Now, I haven’t had the time to research this data so I cannot say whether `#333` has a significant margin in human performance compared to black. But, on a personal level, I prefer black. I even switched my own site to this (although I was using #181818 so there was no significant change).