Posting a Perfect Question

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    This was inspired by Jonathan Drummey's post stating his definition of a good question:

     

    Here are the particular factors:

    • Clear written problem & goal statements
    • Visual showing the data, the problem, & the goal
    • Showing what you've already tried in Tableau
    • A packaged workbook attached

     

    Some points about attaching a packaged workbook:

    For a comprehensive guide on When, Why and How to attach a packaged workbook, please see Packaged workbooks: when, why, how
    A brief summary:
    1)  You may have concerns about posting a packaged workbook with proprietary data.  If so, here is a link to a short video showing how to anonymize your data:
    Anonymize your Tableau Package Data for Sharing

    2)  Note also, you don't have to include your entire workbook in your packaged workbook.  Make a copy, delete out all the other sheets and dashboards that are not relevant to the question. 

    3)  In addition, if you are uploading your actual workbook, and if you have a huge data set, consider extracting out just enough data to demonstrate the issue.  Most questions don't require a million rows to show the problem.  Often 100 rows will suffice.  Upload and download times for workbooks with gigantic data sets can be prohibitive.

    4)  You do everyone a favor if you specify the Tableau version of the workbook you attach!

     

    Folks that's really all it take to get your questions answered!

     

    Cheers,

     

    --Shawn