Readme files are meant to be written and read. This collection over videos mentions some things you can do to make them stand out a bit more.
You can visit shields.io yourself to check out what
shields you can generate. Note that some of them require more than just a github
repository. For example, if you want to show the download statistics you'll need
to host your project somewhere where statistics are kept. For python this is likely
pypi and this will be
npm if you make packages for node.
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