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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")
Alteryx For Good Activity in India is AdHoc (based on when the charity organization was on-boarded and based on the nature of the Alteryx use cases they have) hence, we will rarely be able to follow or get the existing Alteryx For Good week badges.
The suggestion is to create new badges that can be allocated to individuals who participate in such events/activities.
This will help to keep up the momentum of the volunteers!
(I understand tracking can be a challenge, but we can use eventbrite portal to track the attendance.)
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 And likewise it would help a user know when they are looking at outdated information.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"
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 today's day and age, we are constantly on the move and we may not always have access to the laptop/desktop that we have installed Alteryx on. While on the move and no access to the Alteryx installed computer, it would be great to login to the Alteryx Community Simulator to test or solve a problem or try a new field, formula, etc. to see how the results would look.
Currently the only way that a thread can be closed on the discussion boards is if it's solved, however there are several cases where it cannot be solved because it's identified a defect, or something that would be an idea for the product.
In these cases, can we have an option to close this thread (so that folk can see it's done) even if it's not solved with a different closure indicator?
I think it would be great to have Grand Prix style event once a quarter for the weekly challenges. This can be broken down by expertise level. I see this increasing the engagement on the community and further spread the word on weekly challenges. Also, not everyone makes it on stage for Grand Prix, this event could be their opportunity to experience Grand Prix
I like getting email notifications from the Alteryx Community because I often post solutions in Designer Discussions, and knowing when someone has responded without having to keep the Community open all the time helps me to better answer questions.
However, the Weekly challenges are a flurry of activity, and they continue to be active basically forever. I can unsubscribe individually from each Challenge I complete, but that adds an additional step for every single challenge.
I'd really appreciate being able to specifically turn off notifications, or notifications on replies to a thread, in specific forums, like the Weekly Challenges forum. This would let me better customize my experience.
Sometimes, Ideas are posted by users that have solutions or workarounds that meet the user's need. When others in the Community respond with these suggestions, the ideas usually end up in a status of "Not Planned".
I think it would be really helpful to be able to mark these as "solved". An example of this is the following post:
Here, the user posted a suggestion, and I as well as @mcarrico were able to provide suggestions that met this need. I think marking this post as Solved could help other users who have the same thought in the future.
I also think that this might be an opportunity for an additional tag for Community ideas, either "workaround available" or "already implemented". "Not Planned" doesn't necessarily read as well as it could in cases where a solution exists.
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.
On several of the challenges, we are limited from attaching exported solutions (it only allows workflow files). Additionally - it would be helpful to be able to attach flows & data files to PMs and to replies on ideas to avoid having to use drop-box etc.
could we change the settings on these discussion threads and on the PM area to allow this?
I'd love to see the ability to create a private community that would serve as a subset to community.alteryx.com. Many of us work for large corporations and are unaware of other users within the organization. We are left to our own devices to attempt to connect and share. With private communities we could
enable better networking (who's going to conference?)
automatically suggest membership to the private community based on email domain or license
encourage better participation through gamification/badging (competing against peers vs Alteryx consultants and wise aces)
identify who the best participants were within our organization (as a way to identify talent)
reveal opportunity gaps and leverage positive peer pressure (if Joe's department is now certified why isn't mine?)