It has always irked my inner aesthetic nazi that code blocks are indistinguishable* from blockquotes at first glance. See my recent answer for an example. I'm picturing something like this: enter image description here

*Yes, I know that code is monospace and blockquotes are not.

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    An option to show/hide line numbers on code blocks would be nice too. Maybe highlighting? But highliting can get pretty offensive to the eyes. I like the colors on github, at least they are more easy to read.
    – coredump
    Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 19:41
  • @Coredump, we've talked about code highlighting in the past and decided to leave it off as detecting the language/syntax is very error prone without the user explicitly picking.
    – Chris S
    Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 19:45
  • @Chris I would happily pick the language. Maybe as an option, part of the markup? But the markup here is really simple so maybe meh.
    – coredump
    Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 20:08
  • +1 I've wished for SU style blockquotes for a while now...
    – squillman
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 17:00
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    +1. I like the the simple, grey bar option, too. (I'd add another +1 for making me try to upvote the screenshot, instead of the question) Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 8:37
  • Hmm, I wonder if this feature request is to be implemented some day? tex.SE has something similar already - blockquotes are enclosed by horizontal lines, code sniplets are not. Although there is a recent motion for syntax highlighting, the implementation of which would make the issue less pressing, it still would be very nice to have.
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 20:51
  • This would indeed clear up a lot of confusion between the two. Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 0:08
  • Another year has passed, yet nothing has changed and no authoritative response has been given. I've added a tag to the question. I really would like to see it happen - as 19 other Meta participants apparently would.
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 10:39
  • @syneticon-dj: If you use FF or Chrome then try stylish + this small reskin I wrote. I know you shouldn't have to but ...
    – user9517
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 11:09

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In the true spirit of "better late than never"... I just pushed a change that will add a border to the blockquotes similar to what's proposed here, but a bit more lightweight:

enter image description here

This change applies to both Server Fault and its meta, and will be live as of rev 2014.5.21.1619.

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