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I have this question after reading an article of Dmitry Fadeyev, the designer of ux.SE (Designing UX Exchange) (I was linked to his blog in this question). In his blog, he wrote:

Because it’s a new community, it’s important to get people to ask questions and participate. For this reason the “Add Question” button needed its own styling to stand and attract the eye.

I recall that in some sites, the Ask Question buttons don't stand out from other buttons, and therefore don't get much attractive. Is this because in these sites we don't encourage people to ask?

Some examples:

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And the meta.SE as you can see it for yourself.

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    do you consider the Ask Question in beta sites being bold to be standing out, or do you think they should stand out more? I've found that Drupal's, Academia's, Bicycle's, Super User's Ask Question stands out. Based on my preliminary findings, I'd say some sites are status-bydesign that way, while others it's just a coincidence
    – CRABOLO
    Jan 24 '15 at 8:26
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    See Arqade for an extreme (and fun!! :) counter-example.
    – MTL
    Jan 25 '15 at 1:20
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    Awesome question, and the ux.stackexchange site is a prime example, see my post: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/250754/…
    – JonH
    Mar 6 '15 at 20:08

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