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Community Digest - 12/28

Posted by diego.medrano Dec 28, 2016

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to this week's Digest! We're getting a late start this week due to the holidays but there's still plenty to catch up on. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday season and we're looking forward to another great year in our Community. As usual, I like to start off with a little bit of "Today in History." Today in 1895, the first commercial film screening occurred at the Grand Cafe in Paris, France. The film by the Lumiere brothers featured a series of clips from every day life in France. Read more here. And with that, let's dive into the digest!

Announcements

Here are the winners of the Student Viz Assignment Contest: And the winners of the Student Viz Assignment Contest are... | Tableau Software

 

We also have a great new article: A Zen Master's guide to implementing Tableau  | Tableau Software

 

Recognition

As our next Community Digest will come in the new year, I want to take this time to thank all of our Community Ambassadors for all of the amazing work they do. Not only do they handle a majority of the posts that come in to our forums, but they also help instill and reinforce the culture we strive for in our Community. We'd be lost without you! See our ambassadors here.

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread**

 

gene shackman asked a question about adding symbols to a line chart and Matthew Risley stepped in to provide a great solution in a packaged workbook. Check it out here: symbols in line charts

 

Most Viewed Thread

Tableau Support is retiring a direct email as a way to submit a case. The announcement thread was this week's most viewed thread and led to a great discussion which prompted lots of internal discussion. See the conversation here: Tableau Technical Support is retiring email as a means to submit cases

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top idea comes from Christina Gremore who wants to be able to Hide all fields with Null domains / Single value domains. If you agree, vote up the idea! 

 

Have a happy new year everyone!

 

-Diego

Tracy Rodgers

Community Digest - 12/19

Posted by Tracy Rodgers Employee Dec 19, 2016

Happy Monday! It's pretty festive around here with the holidays right around the corner. This time of year is always a good time to reflect, and I have to say - I'm so proud and thankful for being a member of this community. Thank you all for everything you do. We hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and/or friends!

 

 

Announcements

First up, the Tableau Community team will be out of the office on Monday, December 26. This means the digest (the last of 2016!) will go out on Tuesday instead.

 

As a reminder, if you're starting a new discussion or asking a question in the Community, and you're able to attach a packaged workbook - please do! It makes it easier for everyone else to help you if they're able to see what you're talking about. Need more information? Check out: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how by Bill Lyons.

 

Have you seen the Big Data Trends for 2017? They've recently been released, see them here: https://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2016/12/whats-big-big-data-10-trends-2017-63627

 

Don't forget to join the Think Data Thursday this week with Emily Kund - Think Data Thursday -  Small Tips: Big Results  - December 22, 2016

 

 

Recognition

Shout out to Shinichiro Murakami who is now at the top of the leader board! Shin joined the community early in 2015, and has already made his way to the top. If you don't know Shin, he is one of our Tableau Ambassadors and has been a fabulous addition. Thank you Shin, for all that you do!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

Patrick Myles reported running into an error: tableau cannot connect to tableau public... It appears that he was not the only one who was having issues. A couple of other people chimed in. Michael Shan, a Tableau Support engineer, jumped in, let the community know that this was an issue that was being tracked, and provided instructions so that the team could collect more information. By the end of the next day, the issue had been fixed for a number of people, and they were able to publish back up to Tableau Public.

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

John Smith was having some major Performance Monitoring issues - it was taking over 17 minutes! He had the attention of Jeff Strauss, Yuri Fal, and Toby Erkson. Though he didn't completely solve the issue, each of them gave him a couple of recommendations. Ultimately, John created a case with the support team, so hopefully, they'll have a solution for him soon!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data by Darrin Schulte with 15 up votes. If you're interested in this feature, make a comment, as our development team is actively gathering feedback on it.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or questions for this digest to community@tableau.com

Good Monday Afternoon.  The holidays are near and with them come the non stop emails to inform us of yet another 50% off sweater that apparently I need, or someone I love needs.  How do you spend the holidays?

For our family, it's never really holiday season until we all sit around and watch It's a Wonderful Life.  There's nothing like watching an angel get his wings.

 

How do you manage Holidays in Tableau?  Did you know that kettan has built and managed a great FAQ page of links on this very topic?  Check it out here: FAQ:  Holidays & Workdays

 

Announcements

We have a Think Data Thursday on the agenda for December 22nd.  Join the event live at 8 AM Pacific with Emily Kund presenting "Small Tips: Big Results"

Emily is a Tableau Social Ambassador, Podcaster, Government Tableau User Group co-leader, and The Fringe Festival founder.  Follow this link to register for this event.

 

Recognition

You may have noticed that the leader board on the front page is working again. Thank you everyone for your patience as our vendor worked to correct the issue.  I think all of the great work everyone has been doing in the community to help bring Crow's Nest backlog of unanswered questions to an all time low.  But no fear, the broken bits are fixed and its back on to full power.   Thank you to everyone that jumps in and has been helping each other.

 

Do you also ponder what makes the Tableau Community tick?  Shawn Wallwork kicked off a great discussion on this exact topic last week.  Check it out and share your thoughts.

 

A call out of recognition to Shinichiro Murakami as he assistied in over one hundred responses to community questions last week.  Thank you Shin!!

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

John Smith has experienced an issue trying to utilize Postgres with Infobright . Several of the Ambassadors have stepped up to assist John.  Jeff Strauss was first to offer assistance with a suggestion to share logs.  Once John posted logs,  Yuriy Fal joined in to assist with a potential workaround utilizing an ODBC connection for this data source rather than the default Postgres driver due to issues encountered in the logs with Infobright.  Toby Erkson has also commented to clarify the difference between a Custom SQL connection and a Join within Tableau and shared a link to specify how to make customizations such as these global.  John has managed to utilize a TDC file to prevent Tableau from creating temp files related to Infobright but he is still experiencing performance issues.  Maybe you have a lot of knowledge about Infobright and it's integration with Postgres and have a suggestion to add?  This one is still searching for just the right solution.

 

Most Viewed Thread

We had a another great bit of collaboration n the most viewed thread fo the week here Rank - Calculate when field not in table .  Customer Andrew Hills question about creating a counting the number of values per rank value.  Norbert Maijoor was first on the scene and prompted Andrew for a workbook to enable some hands on manipulation.  Andrew supplied a sample data workbook and that's all it took to bring some of the best minds in the community to task on this.  Simon Runc, Yuriy Fal, and Norbert each joined with comments and workbooks to help build a workbook that helped Andrew get to a solution.  As Yuriy mentions in this thread, a great help on your Tableau journey is to hold onto the best tips/tricks you learn and keep them close as a reference when tackling the tougher issues you encounter.

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week, More Subfolders in Project Folder created by Lisa Akahoshi back in 2012 was singled out for 12 new upvotes afte Ken Wong from Tableau's Product Management team commented about this idea and making it a reality in 2017.

 

In Other News

  • As mentioned above,  Tableau employees have been joining in with many community members to remove the backlog from our Crow's Nest.  i wanted to say thank you to all of the community members for jumping in and assisting with so many of these questions as welll.  These unanswered posts tend to be the some the hardest questions posed in the community and we find that asking a few leading questions often is all that is needed to engage the rest of the community on helping find a great solution. 

  • Did you see the Educational Brain Teaser: Twisted KPI Table posted by Łukasz Majewski a week ago?  i noticed the post had not seen a response on Thursday of last week so I jumped in with an early thought about Conditional Formatting and that's all it took for the community to go to town.  Eventually, it was Yuriy Fal that supplied the winning answer to this very tough challenge.  Check out Yuriy's answer and the entire thread to expand your knowledge of Tableau. Clearly Yuriy Fal knows a thing or two about the Force.
  • Annabelle Rincon reminded everyone that the community isn't just a place to come get your questions answered.  You can come here to show off your great work and get feedback.  Check out her post and link to her Tableau Public viz showing her career resume.

 

 

That's it for me this week.

 

Per usual, feel free to send any comments, questions, submissions for this digest to community@tableau.com



OH OH OH, December is here already!

Data Santa will be coming shortly, we hope that you have all been nice this year

 

Let's see what's new in the Community.

 

Announcements

 

We've created a Tableau Starter Kit to help you get going with Tableau. Even if you're already comfortable with Tableau, these are great resources to brush up on: Author a Viz | Tableau Software

 

Oh, the joy that was TC16! Some 13,000 of you joined us for a week of learning and connecting over all things data. Read Martha Kang's summary of TC16!

 

Recognition

Shinichiro Murakami is still super helpful on the forums and very knowledgeable! A big round of applause for him, we are very honored to have such a fantastic member in our community.

 

Most Talked About Thread

27 comments on Curved Lines - Never Ending Story by Bas Groothedde. Flights paths are always super interesting to me, I followed the issue and saw the community helping him with success. Congrats everyone!

Aaah, Curved lines

 

Most Viewed Thread

777 views for rohail khan and his thread: Disaster recovery plan. The solution haven't been found yet. Will this number shed light on his issue? Be a data hero and jump here to help Rohai!

 

Top Voted Idea

We're happy when you provide us with your best Ideas , so jump in and create yours or upvote the ones you would love to see in Tableau!

Tableau Public - Live Connection has 15 upvotes this week. If you want to voice your support, be sure to vote up the idea!

 

Thanks everyone, and happy analyzing!