…When Rody contacted me today to ask if I could write up today’s Community Appreciation, there was only ever going to be one name I had in mind…
and that’s Rody Zakovich himself! (I had planned to post this later this week…but Rody you forced my hand!!)
...I appreciate that Rody has only been a member for a relatively short period of time, and being a relative newbie myself (compared to the years of contributions, learning and insights from the 'Tableau Goliaths') I have a more recent slant on things. That being said, I still think Rody has made a huge impact on the community (and I’m sure will continue to do so for many years to come).
Rody’s enthusiasm, kindness (as demonstrated by his request today to keep the 'community-love' coming, despite being under ‘real’ work pressure!), eagerness-to-learn, combined with his dedication (and no-little skill) has made him one of the great contributors to the community.
Many times I’ve seen a thread (usually of the complicated nested Table-Calc/LoD variety), where he’s posted an (amazing) answer and then apologized as it will take him a bit more time to fully write up what’s going on and how it works…this in itself speaks volumes (Rody really cares). He has already helped so many people (as demonstrated by his meteoric rise on the leader-board) and when he answers a question, he keeps going until the OP's problem is fully solved, as well as provide them great insights as to why/how the solution works. He’s also started some great, and insightful, discussions.
These discussions have helped me, and I'm sure many others, gain a much deeper understanding of Tableau, as well as 'bringing' out the 'great-and-good' of the Tableau world to share their thoughts and knowledge.
I'd also point to his brilliant contribution to 'unpicking' the complexities of LoDs in his brilliant workbook post
and there are many others that are well work checking out
For a personal point of view….I first encountered Rody, in a post on using ASCII characters to add KPI arrows within a formula…a meeting that I was reminded of in his recent Educational Brain Teaser : Fun with Measure Value Formatting. Immediately his enthusiasm, energy, and eagerness-to-learn shone through. He then contacted me a week later to ask if his response to a question was accurate, and if there was a better way...needless-to-say his response was spot-on, and very smart…I, of course, gave it the ‘yes that’s probably how I’d have done it too’!! [sub-text translation – 'I’d have pinged JD'!!!]]. This approach demonstrates how much he cares about the community, learning Tableau (in a deep JD way), and on giving the best answer possible. It's this want, to reach out, learn, and pass that learning on that the community is all about.
A BIG THANK YOU RODY...and keep up the great work
Sorry, as I know your humility means you feel you are too new for this...Rody you are fully deserving of our appreciation.