Happy New Year everyone! As I mentioned last week, I will be posting a recap of 2014 later this week, but here's what was happening this past week.
Two people have joined the 10 Correct Answers club or the "I Know Stuff!" badge. Both Steve Mayer and Syed Khadir Ahmed have been very active the last couple of months and are climbing the ranks. Thank you both for your contributions to this community!
Most Talked About Thread
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Niek Dam asked an interesting question about the now() function where he wants the current date and time to continually update, but finds that it only updates when the workbook is updated. Several people jumped in and responded here (Ankit Patel, Syed Khadir Ahmed, Joe Oppelt, Tom W, Michael Carper, kettan, Steve Martin and Jonathan Drummey) - noting that Tableau Server would need to be used in order to have it update somewhat regularly. Jonathan explains how Tableau will need to be refreshed, not just the browser. Ultimately, it looks like Niek will need to create an Ideas to get the functionality he's hoping for.
Most Viewed Thread
This week's most viewed thread is a Tableau Server issue being experienced by Brit Cava in Inconsistent rendering of some worksheets in a dashboard published to server... Kalpana Manchikanti had faced this issue in the past with the operating system, but this doesn't seem to be the same problem Brit is running into. Max Houser, a Tableau employee, tried to get to the root of the cause by asking questions specific to the browse, though, this doesn't seem to be it either. Bouzid A asked about the Server version - using the most up to date version (8.3.1) can fix any issues that may have existed in the past. Hopefully, this solves the issue, if not, I'd recommend contacting our Support team, as they'll be able to take a deeper look into it.
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In Other News
- Hopefully, everyone saw Shawn Wallwork's work in Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, if not, be sure to check it out! I agree with Mark Jackson and KK Molugu that a Think Data Thursday is in order. We'll reach out to you, Shawn, to see if you're interested!
- David Fuentes asked how to more easily plot Spanish Provinces coordenates. Jim Wahl provided a detailed answer that gives an easy solution built in, as well as another solution that allows the filled maps to be more detailed.
- This one by ed spetka caught my attention because of it's title simple table calculation? - Table calculations are rarely simple! Though this post wasn't about table calculations in the way Tableau defines them, it was a little trickier, as someone who is new to Tableau might expect when all values in a filter are selected, it would show a combined total. Syed Khadir Ahmed helped with a solution of a parameter and taught Ed how to turn on subtotals.
- Jack Smith needed Help with manipulating data when it came to excluding a part of the data, but needed to have it reallocate to different dimension members. Wilson Huang divided Jack's issue into two separate problems and addressed each accordingly. Garry Shrivastava took a different approach that ultimately solved Jack's issue.
- Theresa Dzieciatkowski asked How can I create a calculated field that will count rows where a date is missing?Bill Lyons and kettan provided several options. Bill's solution solved the issue, and Theresa came back to mark it as Correct and let the community know which one worked best for her - thanks for sharing!
Have a great week everyone! As always, any suggestions or submissions for this Digest can be sent my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.