It's a new week - which means it's that time again, when we take a quick look into what happened last week and move forward with the coming days.
You may have noticed that there is a new link on the front page of the community for the new Support Blog. This will serve as a way to get information around what's happening with the Tableau Support team. If you'd like to get emails whenever a new blog post is posted, don't forget to follow it:
Brittany Fong also did a guest blog post on the Tableau corporate blog about How to Make Tile Grid Maps in Tableau | Tableau Software. Definitely a fun and inspiring post for new viz ideas, if you haven't seen it, I recommend checking it out!
Two people have recently achieve the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - 10 of their answers have been marked as correct. Derrick Austin has been a member of the community for just over a year, but recently has started to be very active helping several people along the way. Shinichiro Murakami has been a part of the community for just 9 months and though he was previously a heavy Excel user, his shift to Tableau is helping others achieve their needs. Thank you both Derrick and Shinichiro for your help in the community and we hope to see more of you!
Most Talked About Thread
**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread
Saniya Waghray asked How to use pie chart as filter and retain original percents? Saniya was unable to post a packaged workbook because she had sensitive data, however, Shawn Wallwork pushed her to post a sample workbook, and with some additional clarification Simon Runc was able to solve the issue by suggesting using a highlight and action filters instead of using a quick filter.
(One of the) Top Viewed Threads
Just over a year ago, leo dec posted selecting multiple values in parameter. Though this currently is not possible using a parameter, Jonathan Drummey and Steve Martin suggested a couple of ways around it using actions and sets. This thread then led Rajeev Pandey to post a follow up question with regards to performance: Performance Aspect: Simple Quick Filter or Set based Quick Filter - Which one is Better? Again, Steve helped provided some background and information for Rajeev to test himself.
Top Voted Idea
Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data created by Darrin Schulte back in 2012. It received 11 votes this past week, for a total of 352 votes. This idea requests for the ability to hide certain columns, and/or change the order of the columns that are shows when viewing the underlying data. I've run into this several times - it got my vote!
In Other News
- This thread goes to show that everyone has questions - and there's no reason not to post - Using calculations 'on the left' - LoDMark Fraser asked the question, while other Tableau Ambassadors, employees, and big community members provided some context and rich detail into what is happening. This is great read for understanding LODs!
- Tableau Employee, Cor Bader shared Dancing Histograms. An interesting viz that lines up the color dimension on the zero line. Yuri Fal shows how he did something similar in Tableau using index() and a quick filter.
- Corey Turner posted Anybody want more keyboard shortcuts? Here is an AHK script It turned into a good discussion where Shawn Wallwork encouraged the conversation to help point out the user interface frustrations that might occur, or at least things that could be improved upon.
- This is great post - a first time poster (Amy Benge) who posts a detailed question with a packaged workbook: Parameter-based calculated field not updating. With all of her information, Carl Slifer was able to give her a detailed answer with screenshots that broke down what was happening to get her a solution.
- Check out this workbook posted byalexblakemore posted in the Workbook & Calculation Library to advance your skills with box plots Fast box plots for large data sets.
Another successful week in the Tableau Community! This was just a glimpse of what happened, there's always plenty of questions to answer or ask, and lots of people to connect with. Until next week, happy analyzing!!
As always, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or submissions for this digest my direction at firstname.lastname@example.org.