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Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to another installment of our weekly digest on all things community from Tableau. Tableau Director of Evangelism Andy Cotgreave recently shared, Best of the Tableau Web: Celebrating 6th year anniversary and TC18, marking the 6th anniversary of these incredible round-ups. This one is worth a read + a share. We hope you enjoy all the incredible community content!

 

The mic has been dropped on using Tableau Set Actions by community member Lindsey Poulter. Her incredible blog, Add Bar Charts into Drill Down Table with Set Actions, was in heavy rotation on Twitter a week back, so just in case you missed here is a snapshot. Again, definitely worth a read and re-tweet:

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Announcements

 

+ Our community - and the data viz community at large - is getting together this week for Tapestry Conference! Tapestry, taking place in Miami this Thursday and Friday, is an event designed to advance interactive online data storytelling. Tapestry brings different viewpoints together with the goal of generating a rich conversation about data storytelling. This two-day conference includes keynotes, short stories, discussion, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and discussion across disciplines. If you are planning to attend but have yet to register here is the link: Register for Tapestry.

Every one can follow along with #tapestryconf on Twitter.

 

+ TC18 in New Orleans is barely behind us and we are already looking forward to seeing our #DataFam again at TC Europe in Berlin, 17-19 July, 2019! Join your fellow data lovers in Berlin, Germany at the Estrel to celebrate all things Tableau. Learn as much as your brain will allow with hundreds of hours of breakout sessions, hands-on-trainings, and one-on-one consultations with Tableau Doctor. Be inspired to do more with your data while networking with like-minded peers, then cap the week with thousands of your friends at Data Night Out. Register by 8 February and save €300 off the full ticket price of €1300.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

This week we heard from Maite Fernandez Huergo with our most talked about thread: Data get mixed with my sheets! The conversation has 10 replies going so far with Forum Ambassador Norbert Maijoor. Maite is facing some common troubles faced by many new to Tableau - and new to the Community forums, "I'm having a problem with my sheets and data. I have one excel document for each worksheet (tableau), but 2 of my worksheets use the same excel document, even if I tried several times to change the source of data. This is driving me crazy!" -- We feel your pain Maite! Thank you for working with Norbert to come to a conclusion. We hope you are able to solve this soon. Please update your thread and mark it correct once solved.

 

Many new to the forums might miss this great resource: Getting Started in the Forums. Check out our 'Required Reading' section + Packaged workbooks: when, why, how and Resolving Issues in the Tableau Community. Join the conversation on this thread and let us know if these resources are helpful - or if there are any more we should highlight.

 

 

Top Voted Idea


Back at the top on our dashboard for Most Voted Ideas from the previous week we see Control what displays in View Data from 2012 we are now up to 1212 votes on this idea. As I shared on the thread back in October, "Please be assured that our development team is aware of this idea and we have discussed this. The last time we chatted I remember it not being on the roadmap but will continue to share feedback on this." Your ideas - and your votes on ideas - are communicated to our development team so please keep it up. We will share updates on feature requests as they become available and we encourage you to let us know what you want to see across the Tableau platform through our Ideas Forum.

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

Community Highlights

 

+  Mark your calendars! Tableau Ambassadors Mark Bradbourne, Chantilly Jaggernauth, and Sarah Burnett are revealing what the community has chosen as the #11th BI Trend. You won't want to miss it: https://tabsoft.co/2qT8z3n Ds-PLUYWwAEddlL.jpg

 

+ Visualising the passing of 2 time Premier League and World Cup winner N'Golo Kanté (possibly the nicest player in the world) with Tableau Software, Tableau Public Ambassador Ravi Mistry shares a new viz inspired by Peter Silvester and Nicholas Feltron

 

+ Extensions - launched in July, 2018 - remain    hot topic. Tableau Zen Master Christopher DeMartini shares his thoughts on the good and the bad of the Tableau Extensions API + highlights the four extensions he has been able to develop to date. Give it a read here: Extensions for Tableau

 

+ Back with another fresh post, first year Zen Master and frequent Tableau forum contributor Ken Flerlage shared a blog about building a visualization of wind roses, which was inspired by a conversation he had in the Zen Garden at TC18. He shares, "On Thursday morning, I was hanging out in the garden and a gentleman mentioned that he’d been wanting to create a “wind rose” in Tableau (unfortunately, I have since misplaced his business card. If you were that person, please let me know so I can credit you properly)." Are you the missed connection? Please reach out to Ken on the forums or on Twitter and say hello!


That is all we have for this week! Do you have ideas, vizzes, events, or recognition of someone in the Tableau Community? Share them with the Tableau Community at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing and analyzing!

 

Amanda

Hello Tableau Community

 

Have you ever used transparent sheets?  Here is a great viz from Jacob Olsufka where you can follow along bat by bat of the 2018 World Series and explore likelihood of winning for each team as events occurred and the use of a user guide that appears on demand to explain how to use the viz.  Download the workbook and see if you can learn some a new twist on how to make a magical visualization that explains every detail of the world series in a single dashboard.  Thank you for sharing Jacob!

 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Pu/PulseoftheWorldSeries/MLB/1.png

 

 

Announcements

 

Some amazing new blogs from the Tableau Community:

 

    +  Zen Master Bridget Cogley shares insight and thoughts about designing charts for your audience in her latest blog: Defining Accuracy in Communication - Interpreting Beyond the Chart

    +  Zen Master Chris Love recently competed in a Viz-Off highlighting different products including Tableau.  He shares his thoughts and the visualization he created on his recent blog: How do you choose a Bi Tool?

    +  Zen Master Joshua Milligan is back for another Think Data Thursday  on Thursday, December 6th, with "State of the Unions 2" with new content showing even easier and more powerful features of Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep.  Register here: Think Data Thursday: State of the Unions 2! | Tableau Software -  Think Data Thursday #thinkdatathursday

     +  And of course check out all the past Think Data Thursdays on the playlist: Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread in the forums this week was Difference between two columns by Adam Elbayar.   Several users assisted Adam initially by showing how to create a table calculation showing difference in a new row but Adam was looking for a Total that showed the value.  Paul Wachtler assisted with a Table Calculation that uses the last() and first() functions to difference between two columns as a new value.  In addition, Adam learned about aggregate calculations with strings and the use of the attr() function. 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

The top voted idea title this week goes to Control what displays in View Data created by Darrin Schulte.   This idea was created back in 2012 and while many use techniques to export CSV files such as  The Greatest Tableau Tip EVER: Exporting Made Simple!. You may still want to see the view data with more control.  Be sure to vote on the Ideas that most matter to you. 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

 

Community Highlights

Shout out to the below individuals for their contributions to the Tableau Community:

 

Akram Ebrahim and Ombir Rathee both received the Questions for Breakfast! badge for having 24 of their replies marked Correct!

 

Paul Wachtler achieved the I love helping! badge for having 25 replies marked helpful in the Tableau Community Forums.

 

Achieving the Helpful is my middle name badge this week is Ombir Rathee for having 50 replies marked as helpful!

 

You all are data rockstars. Have a great week.

 

Patrick VDH

Hello Tableau Community my #DataFam,

 

Satoshi Ganeko created this amazing viz which allows you to draw a spirograph in Tableau. It is amazing to see how Tableau users continue to innovate and push the limits of a viz. Not only in the amazing data analysis and story telling done with the product. But the literal art that is now being created. Do you have a favorite piece of Tableau art? Comment on it below! We want to see what people are creating!

 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Sp/Spirograph_1/Spirograph/1.png

 

Want to learn how to make a similar visualization? Check out this blog from Ryan Rowland: Spirographs in Tableau: Parametric Equations | Ryan K Rowland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Some amazing new blogs from the Tableau Community:

 

     +  Zen Master Pooja Gandhi wrote a new blog on Embed a Gateway Dashboard on Salesforce

     +  Tableau Public Ambassador ryan.sleeper has new blog: How to Use Tableau’s Parameter Actions Extension to Change Date Parts

     +  SQL for Tableau Part 5 is out! Written by Robert Crocker and featured on Tableau Zen Master Ken Flerlage's blog.

     +  Paul Banoub has a recent blog about the use of Tableau Extensions.

 

Think Data Thursday #thinkdatathursday

 

     +  Think Data Thursday with Joshua Milligan is coming! Joshua will be presenting a part 2 to his Think Data Thursday: State of the Unions presented a while back. Stay tuned for           more information.

     +  Check out all the past Think Data Thursdays on the playlist: Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread in the forums this week was Exclude   posted on November 9th  by Shaquelle Jacobs. Shaquelle is wanting assistance on how to exclude a portion of data when nulls exist in the data set. Maneesh Gaddam has been assisting with the inquiry and to reach a usable state. They are still working on tackling the issue at hand, if you have any thoughts on how to help, feel free to join the discussion!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

The top voted idea title this week goes to https://community.tableau.com/ideas/2131 . This idea was created by kettan and relates to having hierarchies within quick filters. Kettan even provides screen-shots to demonstrate what exactly is the intention of the idea. If you think hierarchies should be displayed in quick filters this way, upvote the idea!

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

 

Community Highlights

Shout out to the below individuals for their contributions to the Tableau Community:

 

Jen Shepherd and Ombir Rathee both achieved the I love helping! badge for having 25 replies marked helpful in the Tableau Community Forums.

 

Achieving the Helpful is my middle name badge this week is Sasha Hanna for having 50 replies marked as helpful!

 

Last, but certainly not least, achieving the Help one, help all! badge is ShivaRam Chennapragada for having 100 replies, yes 100 replies, marked helpful!

 

You all are data rockstars. Have a great week.

 

Patrick