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?).
To make it easier to find the latest download for Alteryx... it was easy when it was downloads.alteryx.com but then it changed to licenses.alteryx.com and I wasted some time trying to find a way to get to it. It could also just be a link under Getting Started or Alteryx Resources, I know it's out there as a link somewhere but more a more visible and prominent option would be nice. Something like my wonderful artist rendition below:
Looking at the ideas board for the Alteryx Product Ideas - it's clear that these ideas are not being processed by the product teams. 76% of all the ideas logged are still in "New" state, with 1033 unique ideas out there which have not yet been moved into a state which would indicate any sort of consideration.
Is there anything that we as a community can do to help?
Note: Many of these ideas point to similar issues, so with some curation this number can be brought down significantly.
you mentioned in your post here (https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Alteryx-Community-News/Alteryx-Community-Top-Contributors-March-201...) just how important it is to mark things as "solution" once they are solved so that people know a good solution to the problem (similar to StackOverflow)
However, I've been trawling through the discussion boards, and there's loads of old stuff out there that has not been marked.
I think that there's two relatively simple things we can do on this:
- Give people quickfilters (like you do on the ideas discussion board to see what's on the roadmap etc) to target problems that are unsolved. This will allow the solution hounds in the community (see the top 10 list below) the ability to quickly target any spare time to focus on providing solutions. Note - I'm pretty certain that there is a huge community of people providing solutions, but they are not getting the credit 'cause folks are not marking their original request as "solved"
- Additionally - we need the ability to clean up - I was trawling through the older ones, and there's items out there from 2012 where I'm pretty sure that the requestor is no-longer checking for updates on this thread. We can do 2 things here:
- the community can request that people mark these as solved if they are solved (the solution hounds can chase this)
- we also need the ability to mark a solution if the original poster does not - almost like a community vote like Stack Overflow does - again, this will allow the solution hounds and to assist with cleaning up the backlog, and will also make the data in this community more valuable.
- Finally - some things cannot be solved - we need to mark these as "closed but not solved" in some way. For example - I could easily post something saying "please let me know how to get Alteryx to automatically change variables through the workflow when I change them". This is on the idea board (and on the roadmap I believe), but not currently solved. Can we have a way of either marking these as "Closed" or "Closed as new product idea - moved to idea board" and then create an idea-board insert for this?
I think that this would really help in cleaning up the backlog of items on the discussion forum which are years old and still looking like pending discussions!
Top 10 solution hounds (people with accepted solutions) across the 4 discussion areas as of 09 Apr 2017
( @MarqueeCrew @alex @patrick_digan @Bob_Blackey @pcatterson @Garrett @Kanderson @jlefeaux @JohnJPS @ThizViz @Claje @Abiswal @munirsalim @mbarone @msbs48 @AmandaMS @patrick_mcauliffe @ShannonH @rpaugh @bsharbo @tlisti @jdunkerley79 @Evie @DavidVk @dev_raut @brendafos @toddhowl @oliver_huber just to take the top 10 from the various boards)
I am meeting a lot of awesome people at #Inspire17!! ...but when I went to try and find some of them on the Community, I realize there is no easy way to do this. How cool would it be for there to be a User or People section on the Community where you could find people by querying their public stats (or even private stats if the user checks something saying to make those stats public)?! This feature could help tremendously with networking! Here's some situations where something like this would help:
"I remember this guy worked for x-company, if only I could see their name, I would know who it is"
"I want to connect with other Alteryx users near me"
"I want to reach out to this presenter from Inspire17, but I forgot what their Community Username was"
It would be useful to be able to copy and paste images directly into the discussion forums. In heavily locked down IT environments, such as at my current client site, it's not possible to use the insert/edit image button. The only way I can load an image to a discussion is to copy into a word doc and attach it.
The Tableau forums allow a simple copy/paste of an image into their forums, implementing that same functionality into the Alteryx forum would be a big help. Even for users who are able to load images it would save them time, instead of having to save an image then upload, ctrl-c ctrl-v is much quicker.
Looking through the Top Ideas I was struck by how many are already in the product and marked as "Now Available" - this is fantastic but it does make navigating this view difficult. Could we remove them and move them into a "Now Available" view so we can see what great work the Product Team and Devs are doing at listening to the community?
On our profile pic (top right) there is a very simple marker that shows if you have new messages or notifications.
Can we implement something similar for the other areas on the left hand panel?
- if there are new items in the discussions, then put a green circle with a number in indicating the count
- Same for Knowledge
- same for training; blogs; events etc.
This would be MASSIVELY helpful because that would allow everyone to see on a simple scan if there's new content out there without having to trawl into each section one by one to find new stuff.
NOTE: if we wanted to really make this uber-cool, for the discussion areas, users would be able to say "only count unsolved (or only new unsolved) discussion treads in my notification counter". That way, people like the top solution hounds (listed below) could be in and solving problems in seconds.
Top solution authors copied: (based on https://community.alteryx.com/t5/solutions/acceptedsolutionsleaderboardpage/node-display-id/board%3A...)
@MarqueeCrew @jdunkerley79 @JohnJPS @michael_treadwell @patrick_digan @pcatterson @Joe_Mako @DataBlender @s_pichaipillai @Federica_FF @chris_love @tom_montpool @jack_morgan @kane_glendenning @Bob_Blackey @alex @danielbrun @DultonM @dataMack @Kanderson
While @SeanAdams is posting pictures of poppy I see him struggling to get the picture orientation right. It would be nice to be able to have minor edits in the picture saving process.
Maybe I missed (if so, please tell me where is it), but a "Remember Me" or "Stay Connected" option would be great, so our sessions doesn't end (I keep this webpage opened almost all day).
Reading through the product ideas raised by the community - it strikes me that there are significant clusters. Two jump out - improvements to date/time handling & parsing, and caching.
This is not a suggestion about either of these topics, but a question about how we look at and structure these ideas. Let's take the date-time ones (full list is below) as a worked example:
- there are 23 distinct ideas (or 22 if you exclude the one about generating random dates) which relate to the treatment (mainly parsing; formatting or constructing) of dates & times
- None of these individually has enough votes to get them onto the "hot ideas" list - however when you look in aggregate across them, the theme of "standardizing and enriching date-time processing" is probably one of the hottest topics at the moment.
Tagging: If we are able to spot these patterns - and then create a tag that is related to this (in this case "DateTime handling") - the product team would probably be able to do some pretty interesting analytics.
Grouping: In order to allow people to spot these BEFORE they log the next idea which is trying to achieve the same thing - is it worth the community creating a grouped-up idea which then becomes persistent if there is a clear trend; and we can link out to these ideas? For example an idea saying "standardize & Enrich treatment of date time", which then becomes a sticky item at the top of the forum so that folks don't have to search for pages to see if their idea is a duplicate.
NOTE: this second one (grouping) will also save time for the product team because they won't have to spend as much time flagging duplicates...
Hope this makes sense - as always, happy to help in thinking about potential solutions.
Note: the 23 ideas related to date-time treatment are captured below (as a worked example), and the authors of these ideas have been tagged out of courtesy
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 there Alteryx team,
Firstly, thank you for the care that you put into nurturing and tending this community!
Looking at the badges - it seems that it may be useful to discriminate between posts made in the Ideas sections; vs. posts made in the discussion or the Weekly Challenge section.
My thinking here is that some folk will be able to make a huge contribution in new product or community ideas - while others may be assisting the community with solutions; suggestions; replies etc. Both are valuable and both are very different ways to contribute.
🙂 additionally - like you've done with the weekly challenges - we could make this fun (e.g. use light-bulb or invention-themed badge icons for folks who are prolific idea generators).
Thanks again for all you do
What do you think about an area in the community for people to look for talent or offer their talent. If we had that, I can tell you right now it would be my first stop before any job search or recruiting sites.
This is similar to some other requests I've posted in the past relating to badges.
When I look at my profile ( https://community.alteryx.com/t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/4671) I see a series of badges sorted by earned date - so the most recently earned badges are at the top. This is a helpful listing, but as new badges are earned, some really cool ones float off the page. For example, my Core Certification badge moved off recently, and the Advanced Certified is on its way off the page!
I'm wondering if a second row could be added of "favorites", with an option for users to "favorite" some badges that they really like. These may be things like the certifications which speak to a user's qualifications/experience, or something like the "Stars Champion" badge, which only one user has. I think allowing a curated list like this could add a lot of value to user profiles, and add a sense of customization/personalization, increasing engagement.
Can we have a dedicated section on the community for just Tips and Tricks where people can post tips and tricks that they would have discovered ? This could be a short video or a screenshot with some description.
It would be really great if we could organize our Community friends into groups (ex. local users, personal friends, coworkers) and be able to send private messages to the group instead of one for each individual.