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!
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!
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 And likewise it would help a user know when they are looking at outdated information.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).
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?
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.
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.
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")
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.
@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?
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,
I hope you are having an altering day!
Alteryx has a very community of very committed individuals contributing from sharing ideas, suggestions, presenting use-cases, to solving weekly challenges. It'd be really great for all the community members to be able to share their community interaction on social media.
For example: If I earn a new badge, a small window could pop-up saying, "Share your achievement!" with all possible icons of social media in that window. On clicking a particular icon, say twitter or Linkedin, it will redirect to that website with a tweet or post complied with a template message to be posted.
It can be done for: Sharing a post about badges earned, solutions accepted, online tutorials completed etc.
It would be a great marketing strategy for Alteryx as it would outsource broadcasting about Alteryx amongst people, and others might be interested and take notice of it.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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?
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).
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.
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!!!
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 can think of a few:
- Transfer to idea
- Transfer to defect/bug
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.
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?
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.)
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 @DavidVonka @dev_raut @brendafos @toddhowl @oliver_huber just to take the top 10 from the various boards)