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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!

 

 

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend and for those of you in the US, a happy Thanksgiving! It was a short week for me, but there was still plenty of activity happening around the community. Let's take a look.

 

 

Announcements

This Friday afternoon, the Tableau Community will be going through an upgrade. The upgrade will be a whole new look and some additional functionality. We're pretty excited about it! To see what changes to expect, check out the posts tagged with communityupgrade.

 

The site will be down from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific time. Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this will cause.

 

Been waiting for the next TDT? Well, we've got one scheduled for this Thursday - Think Data Thursday: @Mapbox Powered #GeospatialLove with Anya A'hearn, allan.walker.0, and Chris Toomey. This will be a great introduction into using Mapbox if you've never used it before, and if you have, it will be a great session to see the possibilities that are possible.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

Niranjan Banarjee asked how Can we insert Up or Down arrow icon on MapNorbert Maijoor provided a workbook as a first start, but Niranjan needed not only arrows, but also a filled map. That was no problem for Norbert, he provided a second workbook showing how this could be done. Additionally, Mark Fraser showed how to use the marks card to provide more detail to the viz.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Last week, we did a larger announcement about the new auto-translation feature in the Tableau Community. With this announcement, people from all over the world were checking out the community and in particular - this thread: Data - A Universal Language #ISpeakData, making it the most viewed thread of the week. If you still haven't participated, it's not too late to say what data means to you and how it can be applied across languages,

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Michelle Schmidt joined the community and created the idea Add a waterfall chart to the show me drop down just last week. Already, it made it to the top of the votes for the week - with 13 votes. If this idea was implemented, I think we'd start seeing a lot more waterfall charts out there!

 

 

In Other News

 

That's it for this week - until next Monday - happy analyzing!

 

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

What a crazy time of year - these next couple of weeks are full of excitement in the Tableau Community with the holidays and some upcoming changes. Take a look into what was happening last week, as well as learn more about what's coming up -

 

 

Announcements

Quite a few announcements this week!

 

First off, you may have noticed that the Tableau Community now has the ability to auto-translate community threads! No matter what language you speak, or the other person has posted in, you can click the Translate Page to: __ and see it in your desired language.

 

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Want to win a free t-shirt?

Respond to the following thread and you'll have the chance: Data - A Universal Language #ISpeakData

 

Secondly, in just a couple of weeks, there will be an overhaul to the Tableau Community. Check out Coming Soon: Community Upgrade and Revamp for more information, and continue to keep an eye on communityupgrade for more posts coming.

 

A new Think Data Thursday has been announced for next week - Think Data Thursday: @Mapbox Powered #GeospatialLove You won't want to miss allan.walker.0, Chris Toomey, and Anya A'hearn talk about they've created beautiful custom maps.

 

 

Recognition

Keshia Rose who I just learned is now a Tableau Employee received her "Questions for Breakfast" badge last week. That means that at least 25 of her responses have been marked as correct. Keshia has been a member of the community since 2013 and has helped a lot of people. In fact, she's only ever started one discussion - the rest of her activity in the community has been in responding and helping people. Thanks for your work, Keshia!

 

Additionally, four people also achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge (10 responses marked as correct). Brian Calvanese joined the community last year and has been very active recently. Hopefully, we'll continue seeing you!

 

The other three all happen to be Tableau employees as well. John Kuo is well versed in Tableau Server, so you'll see him hanging out in the Server Administration space. Mary Solbrig is your go-to person if you have stats questions, particularly related to R Integration. Check out this post for a sense of her knowledge related to the topic ESRI Shapefile importer: R. Finally, Sein Chyi Woo has helped lots of people by providing them with the calculations needed to complete their views.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Krishna DW asked how to get an Item to fall in all satisfied Condition. Shawn Wallwork worked relentlessly to get the desired outcome for Krishna. He started with explaining how the original calculation posted by Krishna works, and ultimately ended up using table calculations (running_sum, and total) to solve the issue.



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Tableau employee, Grace Xu, a Systems Infrastructure Project Analyst, asked How many sheets and hidden sheets are in your most used workbooks? It received a lot of responses that was great feedback for Grace to learn more about how people are using Tableau.



Top Voted Idea

Adjusting the variable screen, especially for Bex Query variables created by Thomas Lober last week has already received 17 upvotes. Though this is specific to SAP BW Bex, I could see this being applicable across different dialog boxes.

 

 

In Other News

 

That's it for this week. Happy Thanksgiving to our community members in the US!

 

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

 

Happy Analyzing!

It's a new week - which means it's that time again, when we take a quick look into what happened last week and move forward with the coming days.

 

Announcements

You may have noticed that there is a new link on the front page of the community for the new Support Blog. This will serve as a way to get information around what's happening with the Tableau Support team. If you'd like to get emails whenever a new blog post is posted, don't forget to follow it:

 

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Brittany Fong also did a guest blog post on the Tableau corporate blog about How to Make Tile Grid Maps in Tableau | Tableau Software. Definitely a fun and inspiring post for new viz ideas, if you haven't seen it, I recommend checking it out!

 

 

Recognition

Two people have recently achieve the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - 10 of their answers have been marked as correct. Derrick Austin has been a member of the community for just over a year, but recently has started to be very active helping several people along the way. Shinichiro Murakami has been a part of the community for just 9 months and though he was previously a heavy Excel user, his shift to Tableau is helping others achieve their needs. Thank you both Derrick and Shinichiro for your help in the community and we hope to see more of you!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Saniya Waghray asked How to use pie chart as filter and retain original percents? Saniya was unable to post a packaged workbook because she had sensitive data, however, Shawn Wallwork pushed her to post a sample workbook, and with some additional clarification Simon Runc was able to solve the issue by suggesting using a highlight and action filters instead of using a quick filter.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Just over a year ago, leo dec posted selecting multiple values in parameter. Though this currently is not possible using a parameter, Jonathan Drummey and Steve Martin suggested a couple of ways around it using actions and sets. This thread then led Rajeev Pandey to post a follow up question with regards to performance: Performance Aspect: Simple Quick Filter or Set based Quick Filter - Which one is Better? Again, Steve helped provided some background and information for Rajeev to test himself.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data created by Darrin Schulte back in 2012. It received 11 votes this past week, for a total of 352 votes. This idea requests for the ability to hide certain columns, and/or change the order of the columns that are shows when viewing the underlying data. I've run into this several times - it got my vote!

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Another successful week in the Tableau Community! This was just a glimpse of what happened, there's always plenty of questions to answer or ask, and lots of people to connect with. Until next week, happy analyzing!!

 

 

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

Happy Monday! Hopefully, everyone had a great weekend after what seemed like a long week. Here's a peak into what was happening -

 

Announcements

First off, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for the outage on Wednesday, and thank you for your patience if you were effected by it. We are working with our vendor to make sure that this won't happen again.

 

Last week, we had a wonderful Think Data Thursday about Web Connectors presented by Robert Rouse, Craig Bloodworth, and Tamas Foldi. It was a great session for all levels. Robert explained how and when to use a Web Data Connector, while Craig and Tamas, both went more in-depth into how to build one. I definitely recommend checking it out if you missed it: TDT:  What's a Web Data Connector? - November 5, 2015

 

 

Recognition

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone - Tableau Zen Master, Joshua Milligan received the "Answer Wizard" badge (aka 100 correct answers). Joshua has been a critical part of the community for several years now - answering people's questions, sharing information on getting a specific view or using a quick trick. He also is very creative in how he has used Tableau to create games - check out his blog! http://vizpainter.com/

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Piotr Adamczyk asked his first question in the forums because he needed help with DATEDIFF with condition - tracking working time. He certainly got a quick response from Tableau Ambassador, Mark Fraser, who asked some clarifying questions to be able to give a simple solution. When Piotr asked for additional help, kettan stepped in with a SQL solution. This was friendly conversation between all three, and there was a lot of appreciation for the community going around

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

If you haven't seen this thread yet, I definitely recommend checking it out What do we want to learn from the Iron Viz finalists? There are responses from a bunch of Iron Viz contestants. Hear what it's like being on stage, where they started with Tableau, or ask your own question!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This is a brand new idea - created just last Tuesday - by Timo Tautenhahn (a Tableau employee) - Search Box for SAP BW Queries and InfoProviders (Released in 10.1). It is a very simple idea, but would make the user experience using SAP BW and InfoProviders much easier. It already has 27 upvotes, and I have a feeling, it will continue to grow.

 

 

In Other News

 

This is just a glimpse into this week. Feel free to send any suggestions, comments, or submissions my way at trodgers@tableau.com

 

Until next week, happy analyzing!

Full steam ahead with November. Hopefully, everyone had a good and safe Halloween! Grab a coffee or your lunch, and let's take a look into what was happening in the Community last week-

 

Announcements

Think Data Thursday is back this week! You won't want to miss this one - TDT:  What's a Web Data Connector? - November 5, 2015 with Robert Rouse, Craig Bloodworth, and Tamas Foldi will share some of the ins and outs of using the Web Data Connector.

 

 

Recognition

We have two new "Question Slayers" to add to the ranks. Chris McClellan had 50+ of his responses marked as correct. Chris is one of our members from the southern hemisphere, and it always helping people - especially with your analytic questions.  Daniel Vincent also has helped answer more than 50 questions correctly. Also from the south (I'm talking Texas), Daniel does a great job of taking screenshots to help others find just what they're looking for to solve their questions.

 

We also had two people receive the "I Know Stuff!" badge - meaning at least 10 of their responses were marked as correct. The first was Robert Rouse, one of this year's Zen Masters. Robert is extremely knowledgeable and is a big proponent of the Tableau Community (check out his series of blog posts: https://www.interworks.com/blog/rrouse/2015/05/29/youve-got-questions-tableau-community-has-answers). The second recipient of this badge was Damien Lesage. Damien has been a member of the community for just under a year and is another example of how global our community is (he's located in Paris). Damien has helped several people, especially in the area of Tableau Server.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Stephen Hellyar and Derrick Austin had a pretty long thread going in Embed with API and set Dimensions with Percentages. Derrick continued to work with Stephen who seemed to be getting his viz embedded slowly but surely in the applications he wanted. Looks like there is still some trouble being had with the different browsers. Maybe Russell Christopher would be able to take a look and help out?

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Jane Crofts started What do we want to learn from the Iron Viz finalists? and what a response she got! Several contestants from both this year and previous years of Iron Viz joined in and participated, sharing their experiences with Tableau and with the event itself. It's always fun to see where people are in their Tableau journey and hear how people are using the product, especially when they are clearly very talented in sharing a Viz Story as Shine Pulikathara, Jeffrey Shaffer, Jonathan TRAJKOVIC, Ryan Sleeper, John Mathis, and Matthew Chambers obviously are.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This week, Different Columns Width, created by Thierry Jakircevic back in 2012 received the most votes - 11 up votes for a total of 371. This would be a useful feature - and one that lots of new Tableau users are often trying to do.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

That's a just a brief glimpse into some of the awesomeness that was happening last week. Hopefully, we'll see you around this week.

 

As always, feel free to send any suggestions, comments, or submissions my way at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

Happy Monday all! And welcome to this week's edition of the Community Digest.

 

Announcements

Last week was the annual Tableau Conference in Las Vegas. And what a whirlwind of a week it was! There were community members meeting community members for the first time. There was great content that was trying to be soaked up. There were parties and pictures, and the list goes on. Check out the things that people enjoyed most and add your own if you were there (thanks to Shawn Wallwork for starting this thread): TC15 (#DATA15) What were your 10 Favorite Things???

 

And if you weren't at conference this week - you can check out some of the coverage on the Tableau Business Intelligence Blog | Tableau Software. Additionally, we've announced next year's conference to be in Austin! For more information, visit Tableau Conference 2016 |

 

 

Recognition

Last week, two people achieved the "I Know Stuff!" badge. Hrvoje Gabelica and Thomas McCullough both had 10 of their responses marked as correct. Hrvoje is a student from Croatia and has been helping people by giving them solutions and finding resources for people to check out and solve their issues. Thomas is an analyst from Interworks and has helped several people get the answers they need. Thank you both for your help getting people the solutions they need!

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

There was a tie this week for the thread with the most responses on it. The first was created by michael shin in Capturing prior day metric...can table based calc do this? The entire thread is between Michael and Simon Runc. Simon, not only helps Michael get the solution he needs, he provides an explanation of the table calculation he provides and what each part of it is doing.

 

Stephen Bell, a fairly new member of the community, asked a question about Dual axis issues. With the help of both Simon Runc and Thomas McCullough, Stephen was able to solve the issue. Part of the issue was that there were more than just two measures and the shape of the data was not set up for the outcome Stephen was looking for. Simon and Thomas were able to help provide explanation into the reasoning behind this, as well as providing solutions using Measures Names/Values and creating a calculated field.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, created by Marcus Shane - Conditional Formatting. The post was revived earlier this month. Joe Mako continued to help by providing some additional resources about ways to work with different formatting issues. As he notes, formatting is highly dependent on the situation, and different strategies may need to be applied.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week, a fairly new idea rose to the top - Export crosstab option via tabcmd using export (or) get commands created by S D received 17 votes. Making sure the experience is consistent is key, in my opinion, and definitely a vote up!

 

Additionally, Mark Fraser reached out to me in regards to an idea of his that was released - Ability to subscribe to authors in Tableau Public (Released in 9.0). You'll definitely want to check out the new improvements to Tableau Public -How to follow an author and access your new Activity view | Tableau Public

 

 

In Other News

  • This was the top liked thread last week: What are a Pane, a cell a canvas?  The help pages are lacking in this area. created by Harvey French. Tableau loves getting feedback like this, it helps us to reach more users. Often times, it's easy for us to think that the lingo is understood by all, when in reality, if it's your first time using Tableau, you may be lost! Dana Withers helped clarify some of the confusion for Harvey - thanks Dana!
  • It's always important to know what you're getting into when it comes to investigating your data. In this post, started by Manju GN, he wanted to know Draw backs of Context Filter. Simon Runc, John Sobczak, and Alexander Mou talk about some of the things to be aware of. In particular, Alexander talked about some of what he learned at TC and wrote a blog post to share the order of operations for filtering.
  • I've never noticed that the default blue that Tableau reverts to isn't on the color drop down. Lionel Yu brings this up in How to bring back the default Tableau blue color? By using the Show Me card, Ann Stolzman is able to help Lionel bring it back. Additionally, she shared using the Saturation, Hue and RGB in the "More Colors..." dialog box. Did you also know, there's a color picker tool that allows you to save a color anywhere on your screen?
  • Greg Mooney had a DateParse Question. His calculation wasn't returning the number of rows he was expecting. Takaaki Koseki noticed a small detail - lowercase vs. uppercase "m's" and this solved the problem!
  • When I was first learning about parameters and their usefulness, this was one of my favorite use cases - so I love seeing when people use it still. ryan.shukis wanted to have Dashboard Variable Switch. Jared Grant provided a solution using a parameter and calculation that allows the end user to switch between a category and products. With Jared's help and the help of a useful KB article, Ryan solved his issue and learned something along the way.

 

 

Hope everyone has a great last week of October and until next week, happy analyzing!!

 

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

Writing this one a little early - seeing as we're headed into TC tomorrow! If you're in Vegas, please stop by the Community and say hi - if you're staying home or traveling elsewhere, you may notice a bit of a lull in activity, but not to worry, it's only temporary!

 

Announcements

If you're unable to attend TC this year, we're trying something new this year - a virtual conference. That's right, you'll still be able to watch some of the key notes and sessions from afar. For more information, check out: Can’t Attend TC? We’ll Bring the Conference to You | Tableau Software

 

Last week, Michael Chen announced Introducing TabMon, a Cluster Monitor for Tableau Server. This is an open source cluster monitoring tool that allows you to keep an eye on your system. Very useful and worth checking out!

 

Additionally, Matt Coles, shared his code to create VizAlerts here: Introducing VizAlerts, A Data-Driven Alerting Tool for Tableau Server. This is highly useful for getting an alert when a certain threshold in your data has been met! Super cool!

 

 

Recognition

Two of our major contributors received the "Answer Wizard" badge last week. This means 100 of their responses were marked as correct. kettan has been a member of the community since 2012, and if you don't know him, the best way to sum up the work he's done for this community is curator. Kettan is constantly categorizing and helping to keep the Tableau Community organized and is one of the faces that makes it so amazing. Thank you Kettan for all that you do!

 

The second person who achieved this badge is Ville Tyrväinen has been a member of the community since 2013 and has substantially contributed to it as well. From sharing a workbook in the Workbook & Calculation Library to providing great responses to people asking questions - we truly appreciate everything you've done Ville - thank you!

 

Additionally, we had two people receive the "Question Slayer" badge - or 50 correct responses. swaroop.gantela and Tableau's Diego medrano are constantly help people receive the answers that they need. Swaroop joined the community in May of 2014, and is always responding to people's posts and voting and commenting on ideas for the Tableau. Diego, a member of the Tableau Community team, has been actively pursuing people without responses so that they also get their answers. Thank you both for all the contributions you've made!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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anoop.mohandas.0 had a question about Need help with Pie Chart. He was having an issue with filtering and getting the right level of detail. Mounika Bheemavarapu asked several clarifying questions in which Anoop promptly responded. However, it was Daniel Vincent who responded with a very detailed step by step response using screenshots. In another post, he even added a video to help demonstrate what to do, and it solved Annoop's issue!



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, but goodie. I actually came across this need a couple of weeks ago. The specified item was not found.. It was created in 2008, but just this past spring it was revived with Shawn Wallwork responding to Saumil Kapadia who searched before creating an entirely new question



Top Voted Idea

Jennie Kearnes created Customise the default font permanently in 2013 and it keeps springing to the top voted ideas. Just this past month, it's received 24 up votes!



In Other News

 

Have a great week everyone! And until next time, happy analyzing!!

 

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

 

 

 

Good morning everyone! Here's your scoop of what is happening around the community:

 

Announcements

One week and counting until Tableau Conference in Vegas! This means for people that will be there, we'll be able to put some faces with names. Don't miss the Tableau Community Meetup.  For those of you who will still be here - you may notice it is a little bit  more quiet around here than normal.

 

So this is pretty awesome, the Crow's Nest has been dwindled down - and the only questions from the last year without any responses are from the last 2 weeks. That's amazing! A shout out to Diego medrano who has been working relentlessly on getting some of those older questions at least a response.

 

 

Recognition

This one is probably long overdue, but Tableau's own, Patrick Van Der Hyde has achieved answering 100+ questions correctly and received the "Answer Wizard" badge last week. Patrick loves this community and is constantly working on ways to make it better - thank you Patrick for everything you do!

 

Zach Leber received the "I Know Stuff!" badge - 10 of his responses have been marked as correct. Zach has been a member of the community for a long time (since 2010!) and has recently come back helping out tons of people. We love having your expertise in the community Zach!

 

Mark Bradbourne also received the "I Know Stuff!" badge and has been super helpful, especially with the analytics type of questions. Thank you Mark for all your help - and did I mention I love your profile pic?

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Holy brain teaser! Rody Zakovich started this fun one Educational Brain Teaser : Fun with Measure Value Formatting. He stumped quite a few people with this one. And what's even more fun is that people were working on this on Friday and Saturday, trying to get it sorted out - always the sign of a good puzzle 

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

In 2014, Cathy Bridges needed to know how to Export Dashboards to PowerPoint. One of the biggest issues was that she wanted to be able to export more than one dashboard at a time. However, Ben Neville suggested using tabcmd with Tableau Server or Tableau Online in order to make it easier. Cathy, then closed the loop this past spring, letting us know what has worked best for her - printing to PDF and inserting those into PowerPoint after cropping.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Russell Lamb created the idea, Apply number formatting inside a calculated field in 2012. This past week, it received 9 up-votes giving it a total of 154 votes. (Make that 155 votes, I just voted for this one too). This would save a lot of time and help, as Russell mentioned with parameters to change measures.

 

 

In Other News

 

Another great week and another one ahead of us!

 

For any suggestions or comments for this digest, feel free to email me at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

Happy Monday Tableau Community! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Per usual, there's a lot that's been going on in the community this week and last. Take a quick minute to see what's going on -

 

 

Announcements

Today is the first ever Tableau Fringe Festival (currently live now!). It's the brainchild of Emily Kund and Jen Vaughan that is "By the community, for the community." So far, there have been some great presentations and even if you didn't get a chance to join, all of the presentations are being recorded and will be shared! Thank you Emily and Jen for creating such a fantastic event

 

Are you going to Tableau Conference in Vegas this year? Let us know how many conferences you've been to: How many Tableau Conferences have you been to? Looking forward to seeing everyone who will be able to make it, hopefully, we'll get a good turnout to the Tableau Community Meetup. I can't believe it's only a couple of short weeks away!

 

 

Recognition

First, I'd like to do a major call out to Mark Fraser who has moved up to the top community leader in the last 12 months! Mark has been an incredible contributor to the community since he joined the community last November. Wait, what?! He's been a member of the community for less than a year? That's right, Mark jumped in with both feet and hasn't looked back. Mark, we really can't say thank you enough to how much you've helped people in this community in such a short time.

 

Two others have also achieved a major milestone this past week (and actually, they both should have achieved this sooner, but the way we had things set up with our badges delayed it). Toby Erkson and Jeff Strauss both received the "Answer Wizard" badge - meaning 100+ of their responses have been marked as correct! Both Toby and Jeffrey are Tableau Ambassadors and spend a lot of time in the Server Administration area - helping people everyday.

 

Toby has been a member since 2012 and has been someone who has always had the community's best interest in mind. Thank you Toby!

 

Jeff has been a member since 2013, but this past year has really stepped up his game as well. Thank you Jeff for all your work!

 

We also had someone who achieved the "Questions for Breakfast" badge this past week - Daniel Vincent had 25 of his responses marked as correct. Daniel has been a big help in getting people the outcome their expecting, especially when it comes to calculations and views. Thank you Daniel for the contributions you've made to the community and we hope to continue seeing you!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Bryan Mills started the discussion Quick filters for 2 different series on the sam... | Tableau Support Community. However, using two filters on the same view wasn't showing him the data that he needed to see. Working with Joe Oppelt, he was introduced to using parameters along with the lookup function in a calculation to start moving him in the right direction. Joe has been working very diligently with Bryan, sharing workbooks and explaining what is happening. Looks like he had gotten the issue, until Friday, when more data was added and the viz stopped working as desired.

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This is an oldie, but goodie. Back in 2014, Mark Jackson shared Make your own custom Tableau Server landing page. There hasn't been any activity on it since May of this year, yet it is definitely one that people reference pretty regularly. If you haven't seen it, see what can be done to make Tableau Server look more the way you want it to look.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top idea is one started by Tableau employee, Loic Grange, and has to do with parameters - Multi-Values Parameters. This idea would come in handy for a number of scenarios (maybe even help with Bryan's issue above). It received 11 votes this week, giving it a grand total of 706 up votes.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Thank you all for reading the digest this week! Hope you have a great one, and until next week - happy analyzing!

 

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

Welcome to today's Community Digest. Grab your lunch, a cup of coffee, or just settle in for a quick overview of last week's happenings around the community:

 

 

Announcements

Maintenance releases for version 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and 9.0 were released last week. For more information about what was fixed, check out the Release Notes | Tableau Software.

 

Interested in learning more about how Zen Masters have become so "zen" in learning Tableau? Check out this blog post about their tips in How to Improve Your Data Skills & Become an Exceptional Human Being | Tableau Software.

 

Will you be at Tableau Conference this year in Vegas? If yes, be sure to stop by the Tableau Community Meetup!

 

 

Recognition

Steve Martin achieved the "Questions for Breakfast" badge - aka he has had 25 of his responses marked as correct! Steve has been a member of the community since 2011, and has steadily been participating and helping people out. Thank you for everything that you have done for the community and continue to do, Steve!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Hrishikesh Panchal asked a question about How to change format of Custom Date Option? Joe Oppelt, Daniel Vincent, and Bora Beran provided Hrishikesh with a couple of hints and documentation with how to get the desired outcome. However, he was still having some issues, so Joe walked him through the issue, in a step by step reply to get Hrishikesh the abbreviated date using a continuous date that was converted to discrete.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Monika G posted this question back in 2013 - How to create Top 5 and Bottom 5 values with respect to a Measure in Bar graph in same worksheet. This is a cool thread because it shows how Tableau changed from version 7 to version 8. Russell Christopher showed how Monika's issue was solved using combined sets.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Oh man - 3 weeks running! Jennie Kearnes's idea to Customise the default font permanently is the top voted idea - this week with 10 up votes. Tied for second this week are three ideas: Alerting mechanisms (posted by Xavier P), Multi-Values Parameters by Loic Grange, and Undo/Revert to Last change on the Server by Ajay Shenai all had 6 up votes.

 

 

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Thanks all for checking out the digest this week! Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any suggestions or comments for future digests my way at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Have a fabulous week!

Oh man, is it just me or do the weekends seem to be flying by lately? If so, ease into the week by taking a look into what happened in the Tableau Community last week:

 

 

Announcements

Last Monday, Tableau 9.1 was released. It has some little improvements that are definitely worth the download - don't want to check if there is a new version, now you can get automatically updated from with the Tableau product. Probably the biggest feature with this release is the Web Data Connector, giving you access to even more data sources. See some examples of what people have been creating in the WDC section of the new Developer Forums community.

 

Who's going to Tableau Conference this year in Vegas?! Join the conversation here: Tableau Conference.

 

This is a really cool way to use Tableau - talk about thinking out of the box: 'Think outside the Show Me Box': Recreating Photoshop in Tableau | Tableau Software

 

 

Recognition

Last week, two people received the "I Know Stuff!!" badge (meaning 10 of their responses were marked as Correct). Daniel Vincent has been a member of the community since 2013, but has recently become very active, helping lots of people. Wesley Magee joined the community this past April and is already starting to make an impact, achieving this badge pretty quickly. Hopefully, we'll continue to see a lot more of Daniel and Wesley!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Last week's thread was started by ankit.narula in Calculate Date of Retirement. Ankit was trying to find when an employee's retirement would be based on their birth date and assuming that they would retire at age 65. With the help of Pablo Saenz de Tejada, Mark Fraser, and Chris Dickson, several calculations were provided that have helped Ankit get closer to the solution. Ankit, let us know which answer in fact solved your issue!

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

The issue that several people were having with Google Chrome Error When Opening View was fixed by Google last week. If you are still on the 45.0.2454.85 upgrade to the 45.0.2454.93 version and it should solve the issues!


 

Top Voted Idea

For the second week in a row, Jennie Kearnes's idea to Customise the default font permanently has been the most voted idea. This week it received 19 votes. . Tableautester mentioned a third party tool and Jonathan Drummey commented on how one workaround is to copy and paste formatting.

 

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That's a wrap for this week's Digest. As always, feel free to send any suggestions, or comments for this digest to me at tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

Happy Monday! Sorry for missing out on the Digest last week. I had just returned from a 2.5 week vacation and with Labor Day, and it fell through the cracks. But I'm back and so is this digest!

 

 

Announcements

You may have noticed last week that a new and updated Developer Forums community was launched. This will replace the current The specified item was not found. group. The new space has a little more organization and you'll be able to find several resources related to each of the different categories as well.

 

In addition, you may have seen the Tableau 9.1 Developer Q&A. You may have seen that this then continued onto Twitter with the #DateDev hashtag. Let us know if you're interested in seeing these types of discussions continue here: The specified item was not found.

 

With Dreamforce happening this week, I thought it would be appropriate to show how Tableau can be used to look at Salesforce data from our blog: Tableau on Tableau: 5 Ways We Look at Our Sales Data | Tableau Software

 

 

Recognition

Two people have achieved the "I Know Stuff!" badge (also known as having 10 of their answers marked as correct) this week. Tamas Foldi received the badge. He has been a major contributor to the community - his specialty area has definitely been in the Developer community realm - where hopefully, we'll continue to see him! Kris Erickson, who has also been a member of the community for some time, also achieved this badge. According to Kris, "Data is the new bacon," so we can only hope that he'll continue to frequent the community as well

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

Sana Mojdeh asked how to text color conditional formatting based on the contents of a string field. Basically, Sana wanted to visually differentiate a tweet from a retweet in some Twitter data. Joe Oppelt worked with Sana providing sample data and workbooks to help find a suitable solution. Ailsa Zheng also provided some direction, but it looked like Joe's help paid off and solved the inquiry.



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Two weeks ago, Google Chrome released a new version - however, this update caused some major friction with Tableau Server. Mark Fraser brought the issue up to warn people and let Tableau know of the issue in ISSUES - Tableau Server 9.0.5 + Chrome 45.0.2454.85. This post kicked off a series of people reporting different installs that were being affected, as well as, brought several Tableau employees in to monitor and make comments. A fix to solve the issue was posted in an emergency KB article written by Tableau.



Top Voted Idea

It looks like there may have been a way people were voting without being logged in, thus skewing some of the data for the most voted idea. However, Jennie Kearnes created Customise the default font permanently in 2013, and it is still receiving lots of up-votes and a couple of comments here and there.



In Other News

 

Hope everyone has a great week! As always, any suggestions or comments about this digest can be sent my way to tfitzgerald@tableau.com

 

Happy Analyzing!

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a great weekend, summer is definitely starting to wind down over here in Seattle. Looking forward to a nice fall. Here's what's been happening over the last week in the Tableau Community -

 

 

Announcements

Next week is another rendition of Think Data Thursday. Check out TDT: I didn't know that was Tablossible - August 27, 2015 with Noah Salvaterra, Jeffrey Shaffer, and christopher.demartini. This will be a fun session where they show some of their jedi skills to build some Tableau vizzes that are not native tot Tableau.

 

Have you following the #WarofTUGs on Twitter? Shawn Wallwork ran this friendly competition among user groups by providing them with Strive data, and each group created a viz. Check them all out here and then vote for the one you like best by tweeting it's hashtag (i.e the title of the viz): http://tabsoft.co/1N1J9q. Voting ends today!

 

Are you in healthcare? Did you know there was a virtual healthcare user group meeting? If you missed it, no worries! You can watch the recording here: Healthcare

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Dana Withers who achieved the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge last week - 25 of her responses have been marked as correct! Dana has been an active member of the community since 2013, and has been the author of several Ideas and helped several people - thank you for all your contributions Dana!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Simon Runc started a discussion about Cross Tab Reporting vs Visual Analytics, and what a great discussion. Some heavy hitters to the community jumped in on it, and talked about the value of a crosstab and being able to see the data. Many people who often come from an Excel background are used to seeing crosstabs and thus try to bring that into Tableau. Simon, along with Rody Zakovich, Harley Ellenberger, Joe Oppelt, Pooja Gandhi and Bill Lyons all talk about how they explain to their clients and others when and why crosstabs aren't always the best solution.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

This week, a popular viewed thread was one posted by Syed Arif Ullah Shah about how to load data from RESTful web services API | Tableau Support Community. With the release of 9.1 (coming soon!), this can be done much easier using the Web Data Connector.

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top voted idea received 30 votes up-votes this week! The idea is to incorporate Traditional Chinese language support into the product posted by shogo miyama. Currently, Tableau supports simple Chinese.

 

 

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Have a great rest of your week every body! The next two weeks, this digest will be brought to you by Diego medrano, as I'll be out of the office.

 

Happy Analyzing!

 

And as always, feel free to send any suggestions, comments or submissions for this digest to community@tableau.com

Happy Monday - we're full swing into August now, and there's no slowing down. Here's a peak into what happened last week -

 

Announcements

The next Think Data Thursday will be announced later today - so keep your eyes open for that one!

 

Still trying to decide whether or not to go to Tableau Conference 2015 in Las Vegas? Well, all customers speakers have now been posted to maybe help you make your decision. Check them all out and their sessions here: Speakers | Tableau Conference 2015

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Rody Zakovich for receiving the "Answer Wizard" badge! That means that 100 of his responses have been marked as correct by others. Rody joined the Tableau Community at the beginning of this year and has been perpetually been adding a considerable amount of valuable content to this community. Thank you Rody for all you do!

 

Just under a month ago, Ailsa Zheng received the "I Know Stuff!" (10 correct answers badge) and last week she achieved the "Questions for Breakfast" badge - 25 correct answers. She has been on a rampage helping them get their questions answered. Thank you Ailsa for helping the community!

 

Two new members have also achieved the "I Know Stuff!" badge this week - venkatesh.sharma and Ben Page. Both are relatively new members to the community (Ben only joined in July) and both are making a mark. Thank you both and we hope to continue seeing you in the community answering questions!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Petr Romanov wanted to know How to create space between line and label. The issue Petr was having was the label of the line and it's value all on one line so that there was space between the end of his label and the viz. Jim Wahl helped him get pretty close to the desired outcome by using a bit of a workaround that involved using blank text boxes to hide some unwanted labels, etc.



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Allan Walker's post about Alternative background maps was the second highest viewed thread this week with 859 views. It's always interesting to see which threads get the most views and trying to guess. In this case, there hasn't even been any new activity on this post since January 2014 - maybe maps are just on everyone's minds these days.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Looks like there's been a surge of interest in Japan this past week for Support Country Specific Fiscal Year. The idea was created by Yutaka Sato (a Tableau employee) just last week, and it already received 31 up-votes!

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Have a great week everyone and happy analyzing!

 

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