Good morning Tableau Community! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent all last week in the Midwest (Detroit and Milwaukee) presenting about Tableau to people who have never used it, and I couldn't help, but talk about the awesome community we have here. With that said, let's see what happened last week!
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Last week, Mahfooj Khan received the "I Know Stuff!" badge - meaning that at least ten of his responses have been marked as correct. Mahfooj joined the community less than a month ago, and he's already having an impact! Hopefully, we'll continue seeing you Mahfood Thank you for everything you've done already!
Most Talked About Thread
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ChandraSheker A asked Can we Smoothen the Spikes? where he wanted to see his line chart to see less sharp points in the view. This turned into an interesting discussion, as David Milmont, Rody Zakovich, and Shawn Wallwork explained how smoothing the line can be a misrepresentation of the data, however, explained some ways around it. Looks like the solution that solved the issue was using a quick table calculation of a moving average.
(One of the) Top Viewed Threads
Chris McClellan asked a Q: Vision impaired ? He is working with a client who is concerned about blindness in the general public and is not sure how they would be able to understand what is represented. Zen Master, allan.walker.0, provided several workarounds for dealing with varying degrees of blindness. However, it still looks like it's not quite what Chris' client is looking for. Have any ideas? Let Chris know!
Top Voted Idea
JOIN Data from Different Sources created by Mark Jackson received 10 votes last week - giving it a total of 615 up votes. This idea becomes particularly useful so that data blending isn't necessary (and you can start aggregating across data sources). This definitely has my vote!
In Other News
- Esther Aller, a Tableau Support employee, created Started from the bottom now we're here in the The specified item was not found.. She adds a little fun spin to it - I like!
- Matt Coles (another Tableau employee) updated his A Datasource for Background Tasks workbook in the Workbook & Calculation Library. See his comment at the bottom to see what has been added.
- Harley Ellenberger asked how to get a slope chart line color by rank. Daniel Vincent started with a suggestion of using the lookup function in a calculation. Simon Runc took the cake and wrote up a detailed step by step solution using a combination of Rank calculations. Yuri Fal gave one more possible solution using the sign function. Regardless, this was a tricky question!
- I remember starting with Tableau and not quite understanding Number of Records. In Measure - Number of Records, Bas Groothedde had the same question, and received two answers that explain it quite well - one from Ashish Chaudhari and the other from Simon Runc.
- Jeremy Brown ran into an issue Server 9.3 Forgot Data Source Connections from 9.1?David Mannering had also experienced the issue, and shared with Jeremy that republishing the workbook fixed the issue. However, Tableau employee, Joaquin Luna, saw the issue and asked several questions to help Jeremy get to the bottom of it - loved this - almost looks like a support case that everyone can benefit from.
Have a great rest of your week everyone!
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Until next week, happy analyzing!