Thanks for the tips. I did the right click and it clearly showed the #ccc color code. I didn’t realize that this was loading from the browser cache. I’m used to programming microcontrollers, not websites. Cleared the browser cache on all my web browsers and now the closed link stays black.
It’s a private website for our HOA so I would need to change it to public to make the link work. Not sure what you would see other than a grayed out post. The settings for the post are “Super Sticky” and “Closed”. Simple plain text.
My real question is why manually editing the color code in the CSS files doesn’t have any effect. I have deleted the forum, deactivated bbpress, activated bbpress, and created a new forum. Shouldn’t that pick up the changed CSS files? My host is Bluehost if that makes any difference.