Buttons shouldn’t have a hand cursor
There is this belief that the hand cursor means “clickable”, but this is incorrect and…
I don’t see any issue with the contrast
Yes, not everybody has your vision.
Those who are more tech savvy and who are more accustomed to placeholders will most likely better understand their significance.
Thanks for your comment Jessyca Frederick
“Most users do not understand the basics of the web and when we change how basic things work from site to site we create obstacles for users and reduce functionality in the name of being unique.”