I just checked the Chinese Language & Usage site and found that there had been only one or two questions being asked per day. I need a word or an expression to describe a website like this. In particular, I'd like to fill in the blank in the following sentence.

The _ of the CLU site makes me want to join the sales team and help promote the site.

The words I have thought of include depression, unpopularity, inactivity...None of them seems a good fit.

  • how about neglect?
    – Jim
    Oct 25, 2013 at 3:57
  • @Jim Thanks for mentioning neglect. I wasn't aware of it. neglect seems to place users at the center of the subject. I prefer a word that would describe the nature of the website.
    – Terry Li
    Oct 25, 2013 at 4:02
  • @Jim For example, the depression of the US economy makes me want to start my own business.
    – Terry Li
    Oct 25, 2013 at 4:04
  • The underuse of this valuable resource makes me...
    – Jim
    Oct 25, 2013 at 4:16
  • They stayed away in droves.
    – bib
    Oct 25, 2013 at 12:39

2 Answers 2


"Low traffic"

Not too judgmental but gets the message across.

See Web Traffic


poor patronage

[emphasis mine.]
The Bridge Iss.13, Dec.2012:

Since its inception the website’s patronage has grown and now receives several thousand unique visitors per month and it is a testament to …

So Won Jeong, The Effects of Product Presentation on Consumer Experiences, Emotion, and Website Patronage Intention Towards an Apparel Website (GoogleBooks):

The objectives of this study were to examine: (1) whether Pine and Gilmore's (1999) four experience realms (4Es) are affected by website features, (2) whether the 4Es affect consumer emotional components of pleasure and arousal, and (3) whether pleasure and arousal lead to enhanced website patronage intention.


the direct train link was ending because of poor patronage

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