This idea isn't my own. If I remembered correctly, it was mentioned by @MarqueeCrew. I hope he will not have anything against me posting it here 😀
In short, we don't have functionality in the community that would allow us to follow specific users. I think we have a couple of stars in the community that share quality content, and it would be amazing to receive a notification if they started a new topic or post a new article.
To my best knowledge, functionality like this should be relatively easy to implement, and it would allow us to learn best practices from those stars that we are following.
It seems that there are 4 ways that the community can help to increase traffic to the BETA program, which is a key priority for the dev team:
a) Add a beta section to the community; at the top level of navigation - preferably with some kind of a highlight so that people's eyes are drawn to it when there is new content
b) Reward people for participating in the BETA; adding suggestions; and logging defects in the BETA - with badges and highlights in the community news
c) Advertise the beta. We can tell people about it with splashes on the front page; notes in the community news etc
d) Outreach to members of the community who are posting issues etc.
This would be a way to make use of the power of the community to make each BETA better.
Are there plans to have a learning path for the advanced certification? The core certification learning path was really helpful and it will be great to have an equivalent for the advanced certification.
Currently, there is no consolidated group for Alteryx For Good where individuals can join as members or post a blog or recent visit post. (I understand co-lab is there but it is very different from the ask)
The suggestion is to create a separate tab under - Alter Nation tab of the community portal similar to Women of Analytics.
This will help all the AFG enthusiasts to stay updated about the news and events happening across the world and also take some learnings from each other's visits and implement it in their respective regions.
This will also generate more excitement about Alteryx For Good and eventually trigger more Good to the community!!!
Other online communities I particiate in (mainly for home automation or iOS programming) use a signature tag or header with your current hardware and/or software specs. It makes getting questions asked and answered much easier when you know what the limitations are or that someone is working with an unusual setup.
For the Alteryx community that would probably be at least putting the user's current version number in their posting signature.
We would have to make sure that the post is preserved with the version number that was in use at the time of posting.
This would probably help users who are on an older version know that they may not be able to use an answer that they find until they upgrade. And likewise it would help a user know when they are looking at outdated information.
Hardware specs would be nice to know too; although for most of what Alteryx does it is irrelevant (in my experience).
Congratulations! You've ______________ 5 times this week. Some new gamification ideas to reward continuous involvement in the community.
How about having a page dedicated to the Grand Prix? It could include a virtual trophy and bios of the winners (even the participants). It might also be interesting to have links to the actual problems that they had to solve and potentially even have the data too for download. Videos of the winning experiences would be a bonus.
So - one of the common things that I do almost every few days - is to pass on an article on the community to someone who I work with.
Right now - the only way to do this is to share it using the share button (which then goes via e-mail or twitter etc) or otherwise create a personal message, or even worse you can do a reply with "plus person XXX" but this just creates noise on the thread
Could we add 3 features to the community to make this MUCH quicker:
- Share with community user/group of users
- Allow me to create my own group of users like "Admin team" or "Designer users" or "my direct team" which I can forward the message to
- create a notification in the notification section for shared articles
This would make sharing content MUCH faster.
Can we have the ability to search or organize our bookmarks? With so much great content, it's hard to keep similar bookmarks together. Some communities allow you to save articles under different collections, but at the very least, I think it would be useful to search through things you have already bookmarked (eg."Now, where did I read that?).
With the growing popularity of Alteryx challenges, the new topics gets lots of "noise" as challenge posts are made. Could we either filter these messages to their own tab (for those interested in the real-time updates of challenge solution posts) or just remove them from notifications? When you're logged-in to the community, you get lots of these messages.
Hi @JulieH (et al),
What's the social conversation going on right now about #alteryx (or other followed hashtags)? We can see who's logged into the community, but what about a feed of the greater social universe? Could we integrate a twitter feed into the community?
Along with that, maybe users would want to have instant messaging to the public (contained within the community) as a lighter form of posts.
Just a few related ideas.
The Alteryx community serves many people across many continents. When a user posts a comment or wants to read a post, there should be an option to "Translate" the post to their preferred language.
One of the areas that may be lacking in content a little is the server / admin side. I may have missed this, but it seems like there are very few (if any) challenges or contests for the folk who do look after the Alteryx Server to sharpen their skills.
This is an area that I'd like to learn too - both to grow my own personal skill, but also to be of assistance for these sorts of questions.
Would there be a way that we could create a focus area around Server; and also a way for community members to download and install Server at home to learn? We could severely limit this version (e.g. the learning version only allows 5 live workflows) to prevent people making a commercial operation, but still make the full capability available so people can learn this key part of the puzzle?
Alteryx has to make a lot of little decisions that have a big impact on users such as...
Rather than Alteryx making those decisions, why not let the Community decide! A new polls section would allow the users to ultimately determine the look and feel of certain things in the Designer and make other contributions to the future of Alteryx.
If this is done, please make it a separate section (not a subset under discussions) so the purpose and impact are clear.
I got a subscription update today for the SANTALYTICS Weekly Challenge, and noticed that the person who responded used spoiler tags, and that the spoiler'ed information was immediately visible in email.
if I needed any more reasons to love the Summarize tool... of course it has an option to combine images!
At the very least, I think these spoilers should be hidden in the Weekly Challenge thread, but I think hiding spoilers altogether in the emails would be helpful since currently you don't have the option to not "spoil" yourself.
Could we add a DATA category so we can share links to different (open source) datasets? For example, it took me a while to find a RELIABLE source for past US election data and other Alteryx users may benefit from it.
2012 federal election results:
or past elections:
or shapefiles containing county polygons with results for 2012/2008:
I've seen a few posts in the past couple days, mostly from new Community users, who are finding old posts from 2015 and 2016 and replying to them with "tweaked" versions of the problems solved in these posts. This is tough for a few reasons:
1) The people on that thread may not frequent the community today, so the question might not get visibility
2) The new poster can't mark any suggestions as a solution
3) This causes notifications to active users from old threads, which may not be appropriate if their issue was already solved.
I think if there was a date after which threads were locked that would help. To enable ease of use for new users, I think adding a new button "Create Related Thread" to these posts would help new users to post their question quickly.
Clicking this button might inherit the Tags that the old question had, and write the header for the user, and maybe include a link to the old thread for context?
I think this would help a lot with the experience of new users on the Community, and would also give more visibility to these kinds of "modified" requests.
I think the New Posts feed could be improved by filtering the Challenge question answers out of it. They push out people's actual new comments and questions.
The weekly challenges provide such a rich resource for strengthening your Alteryx abilities but for new uses a lot of time is spent merely collecting the older challenges to work on them. I would suggest creating a page with all of the start files, and a page with all of the solution files so that all of the challenges can be downloaded from a single location. This would also provide an opportunity for a new weekly challenge to build a workflow that downloads challenges within a specified range, create windows folders for each week, and cleanse the pesky underscores from the front and end of many of the files.