Happy New Year's everyone! Hopefully, you all had a fabulous holiday ringing in 2016. We had a pretty busy year last year - and I have a feeling more exciting things are bound to happen this year! Let's take a look into how we wrapped up 2015 -




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I don't know how many of you are Star Wars fans, but over the holidays, I went and saw The Force Awakens and was left wanting more. Well, our social media team put together a fun activity of gathering and sharing the Star Wars data. If you missed it, check out what some people created: Star Wars: The Vizzes Continue | Tableau Software




A relatively new user (well, he joined in May 2015, but has been pretty active the last 2 weeks, Bill Saltmarsh has achieved the "Help Desk" badge, meaning 5+ of his answers have been marked as correct. But even better than that, is that of the 8 threads that he has participated in, 5 of those have been marked as correct - that's a pretty good percentage! Hopefully, we'll continue to see you helping people out in the community, Bill



Most Talked About Thread

Michael Lawton joined the Tableau Community last week and asked his first question on the same day - Can anyone help me figure out how to do this? Enter Bill Lyons and Norbert Maijoor. Both supplied Michael with example workbooks that use Level of Detail calculations. Bill went into detail about what he did and how the calculations worked. He also made some suggestions to unpivot the data so that only one calculation needed to be created instead of multiple. All of this information helped Michael get the answer that he needed and gave him the results he was expecting.



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

In August, Rody Zakovich branched off this thread about LOD calculations Should I use FIXED or INCLUDE/EXCLUDE? It's a great thread, as it got replies from several people who go into detail about LODs and the differences in using different functions from people such as Mark Jackson, Jonathan Drummey, Simon Runc, and Bora Beran. It's definitely a good read. One of the takeaways that I found interesting is how Jonathan approached creating a viz, and how it varies whether he has a goal in mind vs. wanting to explore.



Top Voted Idea

In November, Shawn Wallwork created Stop Changing Filters & Colors When Replacing Data Source. This was the same top voted idea as last week. It received 6 votes, giving a total of 52 votes. Shawn also added a comment to the idea with another idea for the Tableau Dev team - "Fix-the-little-stuff-a-thon." I'll definitely be sending this information to the Dev team, if they haven't already seen it



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I hope everyone has a great rest of their week!


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


Until next week, happy analyzing!