Welcome to your weekly dose of the Community Digest. There are always so many conversations and things happening in this community, that it's hard to capture it all! Here's a quick glimpse -
You may have also started noticing some little badges next to people's names. In particular - Tableau Employees and Tableau Ambassadors. Now, you'll be able to easily see whether someone you're talking to works at Tableau. Below, you're able to quickly see that bunny.hirschmann is a Tableau employee.
Have you heard that our Tableau Support team now has a Twitter handle of their own to answer questions? Read this blog post to learn about another way that you can get answers to your questions: Introducing @TableauSupport! | Tableau Software
Are you a part of the 9.3 Beta? Try things like Saying Hello to Versioning in Tableau 9.3 | Tableau Software. Join the Beta and let us know what you think!
If you saw the front page of the Community, you might have seen that Rody Zakovich is in our Community Ambassador Spotlight! This is a new series that we'll doing to highlight our Ambassadors. Rody has been a fabulous member of our community and working with him has made working with him such a pleasure. To learn more about Rody, check out Tableau Ambassador Spotlight - Rody Zakovich
Most Talked About Thread
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Ajeet ... is running into an ATTR Problem when he is trying to create a calculated field from two different data sources - Excel and a MySQL db. Łukasz Majewski and Tableau kumar provided a couple of screenshots and updated formulas to get a better understanding of the issue that Ajeet was running into. Amanjot Klair tried explaining why the ATTR was appearing in the first place, explaining that it was because it was coming from the secondary source. He shared a post that goes into more detail. Hopefully, this helped Ajeet - if so, let us know what happened and how you solved the issue!
(One of the) Top Viewed Threads
Rahul Panday asked a question about when to LOD calculations. He got a lot of valuable feedback and perspectives from Simon Runc, Amanjot Klair, Ben Neville, Rody Zakovich, and Jonathan Drummey. Jonathan, in particular, parsed out some different scenarios for when to use a LOD vs. a table calculation vs. a simple regular aggregate. I would definitely recommend bookmarking this thread if you haven't already!
Top Voted Idea
In July, Alexander Mou created Replacing Data Source with option to copy over calc fields, groups, sets etc. This idea results from some of the pain points of replacing a data source that he outlines in his blog: Vizible Difference: Replacing Data Source Breaks Everything: Cause, Workaround & Ultimate Fix. The idea received 12 up votes in the last week, giving it a total of 53.
In Other News
- I love when people learn about tabcmd as in this post by K P who wanted to have Automated dashboard images. Derrick Austin showed how it could be done. Tyler Garrett then continued the conversation showing how it could be done in a more automated way using scripts and powershell.
- Toby Erkson wrote up Who has seen this view? Workbook and View hits report. in the Workbook & Calculation Library over a year ago, yet it still is helping people! Especially, if you're a Tableau Server Admin you'll find this workbook useful.
- Randy Adhitama Setiadi asked How make a sheet in dashboard unnoticable with Sheet Selector? I've run into this issue a couple of times myself. Luckily, Daniel Vincent was able to provide a solution using a dummy calculation on the view. He also troubleshooted, to help Randy see what the issue was - which essentially was that something needs to be a on the columns shelf of the view.
- Angelina Fleckenstein a new user of Tableau and member of the community asked how to Calculate the difference of a ratio number between months that are in consecutive years. By providing a screenshot and packaged workbook, she got a very detailed answer from Shinichiro Murakami that solved her issue using some tricky formatting tricks.
Hope everyone has a great rest of their week!
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