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    Beautiful graphs

    No labels on axis

    These graphs mean nothing. I can’t tell what the timespan is on them or what number of stars the peak means. I’m also guessing its showing stars per day but its not clear.

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      I’m not sure why it says “graphs” in the title, but the page itself explicitly says they are sparklines – a small graph inline with text. The text usually provides enough context for divining what the X/Y axes are.

      In this case, it looks like it’s looking at the velocity, i.e. change in number of stars per unit time, over time, for as long as the repo has been in existence. So you would use it, for example, while writing an article about the surge in popularity of Bootstrap at some time in the the past.

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        The velocity doesn’t really mean much at all without knowing the scale. If a repo with 1 star per day gets 2 stars on one day then it just had a massive spike where as a repo with 30 stars per day gets 40 in a day and thats not much of a change. I think this kind of graph will only mislead people in to thinking x is growing faster than y when really y is growing much faster than x.

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          Thanks for good explanation.

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        Does this mean our project isn’t successful unless we have hockey stick growth? :)

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          I guess you should define success. OpenSSL doesn’t have as much stars as ReactJS ( more than 10times less actually).

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            Not a populist success, perhaps

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            I was hoping they’d include Kubernetes…

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                Thanks. I see you can generate it for arbitrary repos :) But I wanted to see it in context compared with other repos. I wonder how hard it would be to have it let people select a few to view at once.

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                  Main idea not to compare but to see dynamic of repo popularity.