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It's the last couple of days before the close of 2015 is upon us and we start with 2016. Where has this year gone?! Though last week slowed down with the holidays, there was still lots of activity. Let's take a quick look -

 

 

Recognition

Last week, there were a couple of accomplishments. First, Norbert Maijoor achieved the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge - meaning 25+ of his responses have been marked as correct. Norbert has been climbing the ranks and has busily helped a lot of people get the answers they need to solve their Tableau questions.

 

Adam Crahen received the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - 10+ of his responses have been marked as correct by others. Adam joined the community back in April of 2014, but recently he's been super active on the forums. He also is fairly active on Tableau Public too. I personally love his Jeopardy viz: | Tableau Public

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

Last week, Rajeev Pandey asked a question about Box Whisker Plot along with Time of a Day in Y axis. Shawn Wallwork patiently worked with Rajeev (even on Christmas day!) to understand just what Rajeev wanted, and was able to provide him with a solution. Additionally, he found that KK Molugu had a solution as well, and requested he post the workbook to help Rajeev. Rajeev was unable to provide a workbook, but by posting screenshots and lots of details, as well as being extremely responsive, he was able to get a couple of solutions.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Back in 2013, Alexandre DAVID asked a question about How to count distinct users on a running period. Several Zen Masters, past and present, jumped in on this thread and provided some rich detail talking about table calculations and densification. This is a fun one to look back over time. With 9.0, it seemed like the solution was at our fingertips using LOD expressions. However, the solution is still constrained by a couple of issues as Jonathan Drummey points out. So this is a case, though where there are a couple of workarounds, there is not yet an easy, straightforward solution.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Shawn Wallwork's idea Stop Changing Filters & Colors When Replacing Data Source created last month received 10 upvotes this past week, giving it a total of 44 votes. As Matt Lutton mentioned there is a workaround (http://community.tableau.com/docs/DOC-5359) though, it is not the most elegant solution. I've definitely run into this as well - upvote from me as well, guess that makes 45

 

 

In Other News

 

Until next year...

 

Happy Analyzing!

 

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

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most wonderful time of the week (?!). It's time for this week's edition of the Community Digest and to take a peek into what's been happening around the community -

 

Announcements

No major announcements this week. So instead, I'd like to share a quick way for you to find the places you belong to or have recently visited in the Tableau Community. Click on your avatar in the upper right corner when you are logged into the community, then click on "Your Places."

 

You'll be brought to a list of the places you are following. However, you can change what is shown here by clicking on the different options to the left:

 

 

 

 

Recognition

Last week, Esther Aller, a member of the Tableau technical support team, achieved the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge. That means that at least 25 of her responses have been marked as correct! She joined Tableau this past February and quickly signed up for the community. She has had a major impact already! Thank you for all your help, Esther!

 

puspak Agasti also is making moves. He achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - 10 of his answers were marked as correct. Though Puspak has been a member of the community for awhile now - lately, he's been hanging around and providing some great answers. He is always providing screenshots, and details to help people get answers to their questions.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

siva goberu asked his first question in the Tableau forums with Remaining days calculation  (Start date and End date).  Siva received help from a couple of people - Shanaka Gunaratna originally helped by showing Siva how to use parameters and calculated fields. However, the solution was close, but was giving the total number of days between the two dates in the parameter, as opposed to the remaining days. He then worked with Tableau kumar and Norbert Maijoor. Norbert worked closely with Siva to get all of his follow up questions answered.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This past week, one of the top viewed threads was started by Cathy Bridges back in 2014 where she was asking about options to Export Dashboards to PowerPoint. Ben Neville gave the solution of using Tableau Server or Tableau Online. However, as others noted, Tableau Server or Online are not always an option. Steve Martin provided a solution from within Powerpoint. Cristian Vasile suggested running a script - which though it didn't help Cathy, it did help Isu Wickramasinghe.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Jodie Helfer created Pattern Filled Visualizations last week - and it has already received 30 up votes. It's a simple idea that could prove to be very powerful. Zen Masters, Joshua Milligan and Shawn Wallwork think so too.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

I hope everyone has a happy holiday! The Tableau Community team will be out of the office on Friday.

 

Until next week, happy analyzing!

 

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

Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I'm taking over the Digest for Tracy Rodgers this week as she has a team event today. Let's get to it!

 

Announcements

Our Community redesign has been going great and we've been collecting feedback and making tweaks as necessary. We want everyone to be as excited about the new Community as we are so please share your feedback here: Tableau Community Upgrade Feedback . Patrick A Van Der Hyde is hard at work planning the next Think Data Thursday event for mid-January, on the Javascript API ... more information to follow shortly!

 

Recognition

We have two newcomers to the "I Know Stuff" badge which recognizes ten responses having been marked as a "Correct Answer': Jonathan TRAJKOVIC and Norbert Maijoor. I have seen both Norbert and Jonathan on our forums over the past year or so and this recognition is long overdue. Aside from providing consistently helpful and thoughtful answers, it's also great to see an international presence on our forums with Jonathan representing France and Nobert the Netherlands. Thanks for all you do! :-)

 

Most Talked About Thread

I'm always impressed at how Richard Leeke's Grow Your Own Filled Maps continues to evolve and elicit discussion. Richard's thread contains two utilities that users can download and use: ShapeToTab and TabGeoHack. While TabGeoHack is completely unsupported, the thread continues to help users get the most out of Tableau. Check it out to see how users are expanding their use of maps in Tableau.

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Jatin Grover's thread ODBC Data Source through Tableau Server has been gaining a lot of views after our own Cor Bader commented that as of Tableau Server 9.2 ODBC connections now support aggregates. The thread began in 2012 but now has a happy ending!

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top voted idea comes from Shawn Wallwork: Stop Changing Filters & Colors When Replacing Data Source,which has been a popular request with 28 upvotes.

 

In Other News

  • We hope to have global translation turned back on shortly. We're currently working out with kinks with our post-upgrade Community.
  • As we continue to try to make our Community more accessible and user-friendly, we really value the feedback we receive. Please feel free to reach out to myself (dmedrano@tableau.com) or the Community team (community@tableau.com) with any comments, questions, or concerns.

 

Happy analyzing and happy holidays!

 

-Diego

Good morning, afternoon, and evening! Hopefully, everyone had a great weekend - let's take a quick look into some of the things that happened last week -

 

 

Announcements

As you have probably noticed by now, the Tableau Community has a new look and feel. To see some of what has changed, check out: What's Changed in the Tableau Community

 

Last week, we also had a wonderful Think Data Thursday, hosted by allan.walker.0, Anya A'hearn, and Chris Toomey about Mapbox and all the cool things you can do with it. This is a must-watch session! If you missed it, you can find the link to the video, and the tutorials from presented by Anya here:Think Data Thursday: @Mapbox Powered #GeospatialLove

 

 

Recognition

It's been awhile since someone has achieved the "Answer Wizard" badge - 100 of their responses were marked as correct. But last week, Daniel Vincent achieved it! Daniel has been a member of the community since 2013, and recently has become extremely active, helping people solve their questions. Daniel seems to be very good helping people come up with the calculations they need to get the outcome their expecting. Thank you Daniel for all of your help these past couple of years!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

Last week's most talked about thread was started by Jens Bruckmann in Help with shapes Part 2 . The thread prompted a lot of discussion. Mark Fraser originally started working with Jens, providing him screenshots and sample workbooks showing the improvements made to get the look that Jens was going for. Rody Zakovich, then, jumped in with a helpful link from Jonathan Drummey with regards to conditional formatting. Pooja Gandhi jumped in with a new alternative to split the columns to avoid having to make up for null values, and using a lookup. Though this helped a lot, it is still constrained by the fact that the years are hardcoded, and will not update each year automatically - to which Pooja came up with the solution of using a parameter. Love these types of threads!

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

One of the top viewed threads that also received quite a bit of activity the last couple of weeks was created by ali twaij - posting Implementing Nested Parameters. This thread led to the discussion about what a dynamic parameter means to different people. As it turned out, Ali was not necessarily demonstrating dynamic parameters, but rather nested parameters. This shows just how hot of a topic dynamic parameters really is - any mention of it will get attention!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea from last week was created by Sean Lazar in 2012 - Linux server version. It received 19 up votes for a total of 241 votes. Additionally, several people have commented on the idea over the last year - so it's one definitely one to keep an eye on.

 

 

In Other News

 

I hope everyone has a great rest of their week. As always, feel free to send any comments, questions, or suggestions for this digest my direction at trodgers@tableau.com.

 

Happy Analyzing!