A hit counter was just added to the public website, and it was set to start counting where the legacy site left off.
We will see a dramatically lower number of visits - the old site was counting every visit - legitimate or not. There are/were 300 or so visits per day by "foreign" countries in attempts to create bogus accounts. The new site has security features to block these, and also any other malicious access to the site. The result is a safer site, but at the expense of the apparent number of visitors to the site being lower.
More importantly however, a very large bulk of traffic to the legacy site was the producers themselves doing production tasks. ALL of that traffic will now being on the producer site, so again, the visitor count on the public site will reflect that.