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Happy Monday all! And welcome to this week's edition of the Community Digest.

 

Announcements

Last week was the annual Tableau Conference in Las Vegas. And what a whirlwind of a week it was! There were community members meeting community members for the first time. There was great content that was trying to be soaked up. There were parties and pictures, and the list goes on. Check out the things that people enjoyed most and add your own if you were there (thanks to Shawn Wallwork for starting this thread): TC15 (#DATA15) What were your 10 Favorite Things???

 

And if you weren't at conference this week - you can check out some of the coverage on the Tableau Business Intelligence Blog | Tableau Software. Additionally, we've announced next year's conference to be in Austin! For more information, visit Tableau Conference 2016 |

 

 

Recognition

Last week, two people achieved the "I Know Stuff!" badge. Hrvoje Gabelica and Thomas McCullough both had 10 of their responses marked as correct. Hrvoje is a student from Croatia and has been helping people by giving them solutions and finding resources for people to check out and solve their issues. Thomas is an analyst from Interworks and has helped several people get the answers they need. Thank you both for your help getting people the solutions they need!

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread

There was a tie this week for the thread with the most responses on it. The first was created by michael shin in Capturing prior day metric...can table based calc do this? The entire thread is between Michael and Simon Runc. Simon, not only helps Michael get the solution he needs, he provides an explanation of the table calculation he provides and what each part of it is doing.

 

Stephen Bell, a fairly new member of the community, asked a question about Dual axis issues. With the help of both Simon Runc and Thomas McCullough, Stephen was able to solve the issue. Part of the issue was that there were more than just two measures and the shape of the data was not set up for the outcome Stephen was looking for. Simon and Thomas were able to help provide explanation into the reasoning behind this, as well as providing solutions using Measures Names/Values and creating a calculated field.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, created by Marcus Shane - Conditional Formatting. The post was revived earlier this month. Joe Mako continued to help by providing some additional resources about ways to work with different formatting issues. As he notes, formatting is highly dependent on the situation, and different strategies may need to be applied.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week, a fairly new idea rose to the top - Export crosstab option via tabcmd using export (or) get commands created by S D received 17 votes. Making sure the experience is consistent is key, in my opinion, and definitely a vote up!

 

Additionally, Mark Fraser reached out to me in regards to an idea of his that was released - Ability to subscribe to authors in Tableau Public (Released in 9.0). You'll definitely want to check out the new improvements to Tableau Public -How to follow an author and access your new Activity view | Tableau Public

 

 

In Other News

  • This was the top liked thread last week: What are a Pane, a cell a canvas?  The help pages are lacking in this area. created by Harvey French. Tableau loves getting feedback like this, it helps us to reach more users. Often times, it's easy for us to think that the lingo is understood by all, when in reality, if it's your first time using Tableau, you may be lost! Dana Withers helped clarify some of the confusion for Harvey - thanks Dana!
  • It's always important to know what you're getting into when it comes to investigating your data. In this post, started by Manju GN, he wanted to know Draw backs of Context Filter. Simon Runc, John Sobczak, and Alexander Mou talk about some of the things to be aware of. In particular, Alexander talked about some of what he learned at TC and wrote a blog post to share the order of operations for filtering.
  • I've never noticed that the default blue that Tableau reverts to isn't on the color drop down. Lionel Yu brings this up in How to bring back the default Tableau blue color? By using the Show Me card, Ann Stolzman is able to help Lionel bring it back. Additionally, she shared using the Saturation, Hue and RGB in the "More Colors..." dialog box. Did you also know, there's a color picker tool that allows you to save a color anywhere on your screen?
  • Greg Mooney had a DateParse Question. His calculation wasn't returning the number of rows he was expecting. Takaaki Koseki noticed a small detail - lowercase vs. uppercase "m's" and this solved the problem!
  • When I was first learning about parameters and their usefulness, this was one of my favorite use cases - so I love seeing when people use it still. ryan.shukis wanted to have Dashboard Variable Switch. Jared Grant provided a solution using a parameter and calculation that allows the end user to switch between a category and products. With Jared's help and the help of a useful KB article, Ryan solved his issue and learned something along the way.

 

 

Hope everyone has a great last week of October and until next week, happy analyzing!!

 

As always, any suggestions, submissions or comments on this digest, feel free to send my direction at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

Writing this one a little early - seeing as we're headed into TC tomorrow! If you're in Vegas, please stop by the Community and say hi - if you're staying home or traveling elsewhere, you may notice a bit of a lull in activity, but not to worry, it's only temporary!

 

Announcements

If you're unable to attend TC this year, we're trying something new this year - a virtual conference. That's right, you'll still be able to watch some of the key notes and sessions from afar. For more information, check out: Can’t Attend TC? We’ll Bring the Conference to You | Tableau Software

 

Last week, Michael Chen announced Introducing TabMon, a Cluster Monitor for Tableau Server. This is an open source cluster monitoring tool that allows you to keep an eye on your system. Very useful and worth checking out!

 

Additionally, Matt Coles, shared his code to create VizAlerts here: Introducing VizAlerts, A Data-Driven Alerting Tool for Tableau Server. This is highly useful for getting an alert when a certain threshold in your data has been met! Super cool!

 

 

Recognition

Two of our major contributors received the "Answer Wizard" badge last week. This means 100 of their responses were marked as correct. kettan has been a member of the community since 2012, and if you don't know him, the best way to sum up the work he's done for this community is curator. Kettan is constantly categorizing and helping to keep the Tableau Community organized and is one of the faces that makes it so amazing. Thank you Kettan for all that you do!

 

The second person who achieved this badge is Ville Tyrväinen has been a member of the community since 2013 and has substantially contributed to it as well. From sharing a workbook in the Tableau Workbook Library to providing great responses to people asking questions - we truly appreciate everything you've done Ville - thank you!

 

Additionally, we had two people receive the "Question Slayer" badge - or 50 correct responses. swaroop.gantela and Tableau's Diego medrano are constantly help people receive the answers that they need. Swaroop joined the community in May of 2014, and is always responding to people's posts and voting and commenting on ideas for the Tableau. Diego, a member of the Tableau Community team, has been actively pursuing people without responses so that they also get their answers. Thank you both for all the contributions you've made!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread

anoop.mohandas.0 had a question about Need help with Pie Chart. He was having an issue with filtering and getting the right level of detail. Mounika Bheemavarapu asked several clarifying questions in which Anoop promptly responded. However, it was Daniel Vincent who responded with a very detailed step by step response using screenshots. In another post, he even added a video to help demonstrate what to do, and it solved Annoop's issue!



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, but goodie. I actually came across this need a couple of weeks ago. The specified item was not found.. It was created in 2008, but just this past spring it was revived with Shawn Wallwork responding to Saumil Kapadia who searched before creating an entirely new question



Top Voted Idea

Jennie Kearnes created Customise the default font permanently in 2013 and it keeps springing to the top voted ideas. Just this past month, it's received 24 up votes!



In Other News

 

Have a great week everyone! And until next time, happy analyzing!!

 

As always, feel free to send any comments, questions, or suggestions for this digest my way at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

 

 

Good morning everyone! Here's your scoop of what is happening around the community:

 

Announcements

One week and counting until Tableau Conference in Vegas! This means for people that will be there, we'll be able to put some faces with names. Don't miss the Tableau Community Meetup.  For those of you who will still be here - you may notice it is a little bit  more quiet around here than normal.

 

So this is pretty awesome, the Crow's Nest has been dwindled down - and the only questions from the last year without any responses are from the last 2 weeks. That's amazing! A shout out to Diego medrano who has been working relentlessly on getting some of those older questions at least a response.

 

 

Recognition

This one is probably long overdue, but Tableau's own, Patrick  Van Der Hyde has achieved answering 100+ questions correctly and received the "Answer Wizard" badge last week. Patrick loves this community and is constantly working on ways to make it better - thank you Patrick for everything you do!

 

Zach Leber received the "I Know Stuff!" badge - 10 of his responses have been marked as correct. Zach has been a member of the community for a long time (since 2010!) and has recently come back helping out tons of people. We love having your expertise in the community Zach!

 

Mark Bradbourne also received the "I Know Stuff!" badge and has been super helpful, especially with the analytics type of questions. Thank you Mark for all your help - and did I mention I love your profile pic?

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread

Holy brain teaser! Rody Zakovich started this fun one Educational Brain Teaser : Fun with Measure Value Formatting. He stumped quite a few people with this one. And what's even more fun is that people were working on this on Friday and Saturday, trying to get it sorted out - always the sign of a good puzzle 

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

In 2014, Cathy Bridges needed to know how to Export Dashboards to PowerPoint. One of the biggest issues was that she wanted to be able to export more than one dashboard at a time. However, Ben Neville suggested using tabcmd with Tableau Server or Tableau Online in order to make it easier. Cathy, then closed the loop this past spring, letting us know what has worked best for her - printing to PDF and inserting those into PowerPoint after cropping.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Russell Lamb created the idea, Apply number formatting inside a calculated field in 2012. This past week, it received 9 up-votes giving it a total of 154 votes. (Make that 155 votes, I just voted for this one too). This would save a lot of time and help, as Russell mentioned with parameters to change measures.

 

 

In Other News

 

Another great week and another one ahead of us!

 

For any suggestions or comments for this digest, feel free to email me at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

Happy Monday Tableau Community! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Per usual, there's a lot that's been going on in the community this week and last. Take a quick minute to see what's going on -

 

 

Announcements

Today is the first ever Tableau Fringe Festival (currently live now!). It's the brainchild of emily.kund and Jen Vaughan that is "By the community, for the community." So far, there have been some great presentations and even if you didn't get a chance to join, all of the presentations are being recorded and will be shared! Thank you Emily and Jen for creating such a fantastic event

 

Are you going to Tableau Conference in Vegas this year? Let us know how many conferences you've been to: How many Tableau Conferences have you been to? Looking forward to seeing everyone who will be able to make it, hopefully, we'll get a good turnout to the Tableau Community Meetup. I can't believe it's only a couple of short weeks away!

 

 

Recognition

First, I'd like to do a major call out to Mark Fraser who has moved up to the top community leader in the last 12 months! Mark has been an incredible contributor to the community since he joined the community last November. Wait, what?! He's been a member of the community for less than a year? That's right, Mark jumped in with both feet and hasn't looked back. Mark, we really can't say thank you enough to how much you've helped people in this community in such a short time.

 

Two others have also achieved a major milestone this past week (and actually, they both should have achieved this sooner, but the way we had things set up with our badges delayed it). Toby Erkson and Jeff Strauss both received the "Answer Wizard" badge - meaning 100+ of their responses have been marked as correct! Both Toby and Jeffrey are Tableau Ambassadors and spend a lot of time in the Server & Online Administration area - helping people everyday.

 

Toby has been a member since 2012 and has been someone who has always had the community's best interest in mind. Thank you Toby!

 

Jeff has been a member since 2013, but this past year has really stepped up his game as well. Thank you Jeff for all your work!

 

We also had someone who achieved the "Questions for Breakfast" badge this past week - Daniel Vincent had 25 of his responses marked as correct. Daniel has been a big help in getting people the outcome their expecting, especially when it comes to calculations and views. Thank you Daniel for the contributions you've made to the community and we hope to continue seeing you!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread
Bryan Mills started the discussion Quick filters for 2 different series on the sam... | Tableau Support Community. However, using two filters on the same view wasn't showing him the data that he needed to see. Working with Joe Oppelt, he was introduced to using parameters along with the lookup function in a calculation to start moving him in the right direction. Joe has been working very diligently with Bryan, sharing workbooks and explaining what is happening. Looks like he had gotten the issue, until Friday, when more data was added and the viz stopped working as desired.

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, but goodie. Back in 2014, Mark Jackson shared Make your own custom Tableau Server landing page. There hasn't been any activity on it since May of this year, yet it is definitely one that people reference pretty regularly. If you haven't seen it, see what can be done to make Tableau Server look more the way you want it to look.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top idea is one started by Tableau employee, Loic Grange, and has to do with parameters - Multi-Values Parameters. This idea would come in handy for a number of scenarios (maybe even help with Bryan's issue above). It received 11 votes this week, giving it a grand total of 706 up votes.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Thank you all for reading the digest this week! Hope you have a great one, and until next week - happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any suggestions or comments for this digest my direction at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.