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I remember seeing you coming up and PASSING me James! Fortunately, community isn't a competition and we're all winners. In fact, you don't even have to be a member to get value from community. When I was dark matter there was @chris_love at the top of the contributor list. I didn't think about being at the top, I just thought that I'd like to be like him in answering posts and helping others. The leaderboard has shifted in the past couple of years with you, @SeanAdams, @NicoleJohnson, @JohnJPS@patrick_digan, @Joe_Mako, @michael_treadwell, @Kenda and now @jrgo members have loads of support and quality responses to choose from.
Still humble about the thanks, I'm still learning Alteryx myself. I use community to sharpen my own skills and find ways to help my clients. I keep current with training, tool mastery and blog posts. I am involved in user groups and AFG through community. Instead of checking FB posts for politics and recipes I find myself here. It has become my guilty pleasure. IOS version 11 has hampered my ability to post formulas because it is now using curly quotes/apostrophes and it takes more effort to answer posts while watching Forensic Files.
Finally, the real win for me is what you pointed out in your post; I've developed real friends through community. We may only see each other once a year in some cases, but I look forward to seeing your posts and spending time with you all the same.
Alteryx ACE & Top Community Contributor
Chaos reigns within. Repent, reflect and reboot. Order shall return.
To an A-plus guy I think I met for the first time at a Big Data event in Michigan...who has also kindly blessed us with his presence in the CHICAGO OFFICE! Mark, you are one of a kind and we are so lucky and proud to have you as part of the Alteryx family. Congratulations and thank you so much for all you do to help our Community grow and solve together!