Grafana.wikimedia.org is awesome. I saw all the graphs and I thought they were beautiful and would impress anyone. I set up this project page as a fan of the project. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:39, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
About this meta page
Developers at the Wikimedia Foundation rarely have staff capacity to create documentation for layman users. I do not expect the Wikimedia Performance Team to watch or maintain this page.
Meta-wiki is a place for the general Wikimedia community to have discussions about practical use of all kinds of resources. Few non-developers would search Mediawiki or other technical spaces, so I established this page here for documentation with more layman targeting.
I doubt that Grafana instances typically have a non-technical fan base, but in the case of the Wikimedia installation, these graphs provide supporting evidence for a lot of the tension and doubt which Wikimedia community organizers encounter in routine outreach when presenting Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects to the general public. I am not entirely sure how to use all this Grafana information, but it is apparent to me that these kinds of graphics are strong responses to critics who doubt the scope of Wikimedia projects, the amount of user engagement which they receive, the scale of project-wide traffic, and other user metrics which this project directly reports. Over time I imagine that more layman users will find ways to incorporate these visualizations into outreach.
Alternatively, maybe in the future there will be less skepticism in the public that Wikimedia projects are popular. At present, many individuals, organizations, universities, and the rest still doubt the premise that Wikimedia projects are a popular source of information. These grafana charts counter those ideas. Alternatively, maybe in the future Wikimedia projects will be more popular, and there will not be fundamental skepticism about Wikimedia projects having user base of significant size and activity. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:39, 5 April 2018 (UTC)