As you may or may not know, the shoutbox has been a mess. Dark blue text on a solid black background. Yellow text on a white background. Ugly stuff.
There is a way to make this not so much of a problem.
1. Click "Profile".
2. Hover over "Modify Profile" with your cursor, then click "Look and Layout".
3. Beside "Current Theme:
", it should say what theme you currently have on (probably "Forum or Board Default". Next to that, it will say "(Change)". Click it.
From here, there are a list of options you can choose from. All with a preview.
I'm using "SMF Default Theme - Curve", and would highly recommend it!
Hope this helped guys!