In the answer to this question, I was told that Staging Area vs Discussion Zone in Area51 is much like the way Main vs Meta sites are for the rest of SE.
First, this makes no sense because meta Area 51 questions are asked on Meta SO. Yes questions about the proposals happen in discussion, but questions about the site itself happen here.
Second, if this is the case, then the two should be visibly different sites (in appearance) and it should not be so easy to accidentally switch between the two sites. For example, going from SO to Meta SO is done only by clicking "meta" in the top tool bar. However, in Area51, if you click on a discussion question, BAM, you're in the Discussion Zone with no visual cue that you're on a different site besides the Discussion Zone image, which only (to me) indicates you're in a different part of Area51, not a different site entirely.
So the point of this discussion is two-fold. (1) Is the Main/Meta to Staging/Discussion comparison accurate? If so, (2) can something be done to make the modal change between Staging and Discussion more visible and harder to accidentally do?