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.
Problem: We are finding many discussion posts solutions that either are exactly the same as a previous solution on the same question or slightly different and in addition they are being marked as solutions. This doesn't help the community if there is no premium on either expanding significantly on the previous answer or answering completely differently but also correctly. Users are being rewarded on just posting an answer not on posting a thoughtful, useful, and correct answer.
Solution: Stack overflow as an example handles this quite nicely in that they offer many different responses but also with the ability to upvote OR downvote a response. This would radically improve the responses along with the metrics that guide many other programs in play on the community.
I think it would be great to have badge(s) for the interactive lessons. They are a really great tool for people to learn about the tool, so badges could recognize folks who've invested the time to complete it.
@TreyW I'm loving all of the community updates! 1 thing I do miss is the ability to sort my community subscription emails based on looking for certain key phrases. Specifically, I like to know when someone is posting a comment/reply on an ideas board. My email updates from the ideas board used to include the word idea in the body of the email like so:
Now with the updates to the various boards, it looks like the word "ideas" was dropped from my notification emails, so now I can't tell that it was an ideas post:
It would be great if "idea" could be added back to email updates!
I like that we can now connect our linkedin and other accounts to our profile: https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Alteryx-Community-Ideas/Linkedin-in-the-profile/idi-p/564357. I would like to also connect my twitter account.
It should be possible to 'like' a reply to an idea posted on the community.
Many times users post workarounds, hints, or maybe even full solutions to people's ideas and the ability for the original poster and other community members to like these would be valuable to show appreciation.
Furthermore, I think it would be great to have the ability to mark idea replies as a solution and/or a workaround. I see this is already an idea, so will up-vote @Claje's post here: https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Alteryx-Community-Ideas/Add-a-way-for-Idea-posts-to-be-quot-Solved-...
For instance, take this example here, where I hope I've posted a good workaround for @MuralidharAreti : https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Alteryx-Designer-Ideas/Comment-blocks-Headings-subheadings-warning-...
I am taking a new position with a different company and therefore will have a new email. I would like to have the access to all of the posts and knowledge accociated with my current postition's e-mail. However, at this point, the only way to associate with a new e-mail is to create a new community account. This means I will lose all the inertia associated with my old account-- what a bummer!
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.
Let me start by saying that badges are awesome, and I love being able to see what I've earned and how that compares to others in the Community.
I think it would be fantastic to be able to search for users who have earned a given badge. Today, you can really only find out if someone has a badge by actively searching for their profile and checking every badge they have. This can be particularly challenging if I'm interested in seeing, for example, the user accounts of every Alteryx ACE in 2017, or who has earned the Genius badge.
This can also be really helpful if I'm looking for users with a certain level of certification. I can see by poking around that a few users I know have achieved Alteryx Advanced Certification, but I'd really like to be able to see all 30 people who have the badge as of today.
Overall, I think this would be a really powerful feature that would help improve the Community experience.
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!!!
To really power the cleanup - what would be tremendously helpful is data on unsolved problems.
I think that this could take 2 forms:
a) a table format (like @JoeM does for the weekly exercises) - this would be fairly trivial to auto-generate this from the underlying data rather than hand-crafting - and can include links directly to the unsolved item
b) a grouped data structure, where we could see a few things:
- Unsolved items by requestor (that allows us to group and target the biggest populations first)
- some indicator of whether this requestor is still active in logging into the community (no point in chasing someone that hasn't logged in since 2013)
- Links directly to the thread item
- Last post date on the thread (no point in chasing someone to mark this as solved if it just happened 2 days ago)
That would enable us to go through the full population and more effectively work on getting the remaining items marked as solved or closed - and it would also allow us to track our progress as a metric of success day-by-day!
🙂 I feel a data-driven-cleanup-project coming on - with as-of snapshots; trend graphs etc. Very exciting stuff!
Post authors can mark zero, one or many solutions as answers to a post. I'd like to see more solution alternatives posted in Community. There are always many ways to solve a given challenge. While giving stars is an option available to all, perhaps once a certain "level" is achieved you can also mark replies as accepted solutions.
Thanks for your consideration,
The login to the community goes through the Gallery - which is a problem for folks in locked-down corporate environments (in our firm, the gallery.alteryx.com URL is locked down so that there can be no leakage of intellectual property) - as a result, none of us can log into the community site (Community.alteryx.com) and sign in as ourselves from work.
Would it be possible to replicate the login URL so that if I'm logging in from the Community it punches me through to Community.alteryx.com/login instead of Gallery.alteryx.com? You could use the same authentication and the same credentials in the background, but at least then we'd be able to log into the community from the office and contribute to questions and discussions?
Wouldn't it be great to have the option to share a bit more information on your user profile page?
I'm talking about:
- Full name
- Who you work for
- Links to social media
- Favourite colour
- First pet's name
- You get the idea.......
The first three are the biggies. It's nice to be able to get a sense of who people are, and to share a bit of who you are with others, and the profile page feels like the perfect place to do this (although it goes without saying that none of this should be mandatory).
In the community we have the concept of user ranks ( @JulieH published the launch notes her: https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Welcome-to-the-Alteryx-Community/User-Ranks-FAQs/td-p/10 ), and we also have the idea of community roles (e.g. Alteryx Partner; Chief Technology Officer; etc)
Could we separate these out into two different fields? reason for asking is that folk like @MarqueeCrew and @jdunkerley79 have worked hard for their Magnetar rank, but because Mark is also a partner this is now hidden (because it's overridden with his partner status). It would be good to see the entire community ranked with the user ranking system, irrespective of role - and then the role provides different privileges and permissions and may be a tuple (e.g. Mark could be an "Alteryx Partner" as well as "Alteryx Ace" as well as "Alteryx Community Super" - James could be "ACE"; "Lead formula innovator" and "Alteryx Community Super")
It would be great to see an email with the Top Idea Submissions at the End of the Year sent out to everyone who is registered on the Community to encourage participation going into the next year.
What feature do You most want added to Alteryx? Vote before January 14th.
We have added over X number of features in 2018 and are looking for your input for 2019 features (see below for some of the top ideas currently on the community):
1. Programmatic Detour
2. Between Operator Function
3. Containers should move other tools when Expanding Collapsing
4. Append YXDBs
5. SQL syntax highlighting
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).
@Joe_Makopointed out to me yesterday by a PM that the export & package tool for Alteryx has a known defect, where the nested macros (a macro inside a macro) don't export properly.
That set me thinking - what's the best way for the community to log defects, and I'm wondering if there's a place for a section on this forum for defect reports? That would also make it easier for the Alteryx team to parse out defects (which folk like @Ned care very deeply about) from other types of posting.
This would have to be heavily curated though - in my experience, a large number of defects raised for systems I've managed over the years have not been defects, but actually users not understanding the tools - however these did give us very valuable insight into usability; training; etc.
So - if we had a "Potential defects" section, and if the more senior members of the community had the ability to curate along with alterxy, we should be able to do something good here:
Curate actions needed:
- move some to "Ideas" if they are new functionality
- move some to one of the discussions thread if they are actually a usage question
- Escalate some to the technical leads at Alteryx
- the alteryx team could workflow them in the same way as the ideas but with an additional step of "replicatable example pending from user"
Let me know what you think?
If people who are registered for AFG could volunteer by solving problems as a part of Weekly Challenges it'd really bridge the gap between volunteering for Non-profits. The help needed by NGO's with Alteryx could be broken down in problem statements and can be worked on.
maybe the monthly update could include counts of newly certified community members in the monthly post?