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Some of the most popular features of the Community are the Discussion Forums and the Knowledge Base. These discussion styles have two methods for acknowledging helpful or awesome content; Solutions and Stars.
If you aren't already familiar with the basics of these two features, check out the Intro to Accepted Solutions & Stars article to learn more.
Why do solutions and stars matter?
In the spirit of Buzzfeed, I am going to provide this answer in the form of a gif list (number 6 will blow your mind!).
1. Search Results
Accepted Solutions and Stars have an impact on our search algorithm. Discussion threads with an accepted solution and posts with a higher star count are returned with higher preference in a Community Search. There is a 99% chance someone will have a question that your thread will help them answer. By marking a Solution on the thread or giving stars, you are making it more likely someone will be able to find that solution. Also, when a discussion has an accepted solution there is an option to navigate directly to the solution post. By making a solution, you are helping those that come after you get results faster.
Also, using the advanced search on our Community, you can limit your search results to only include threads with an accepted solution or a certain number of stars. For tips and tricks on using Advanced Search, please see the Search the Community article.
2. Community Engagement
The Community works best when its members are all active and engaged. Engagement is how new questions get asked, how new solutions and answers are found, and how people continue to upskill themselves through the Alteryx Academy. Marking a Solution or giving content a star is doing your small part in keeping the Community an engaging place.
3. Post Credibility
Stars are effectively a voting system. A post with a bunch of stars or that has been marked as a solution (or both) has been vetted by the community, and is considered to be a more credible resource than responses with fewer stars.
4. Badges and Ranking
Don't lie to yourself. Badges matter. They're fun, and you know you want them. Badges are awarded for earning stars and solutions, and fun fact- the people with the most stars often give the most stars.
Someone took the time out of their busy day to think about a question you asked and provide you with a potential solution. Wouldn't it be nice to acknowledge their effort, especially if it solved the question, or helped you on your way there?
6. New Features!
Did you know that our Ideas Forums are powered by stars? Our Product Managers are always using the Ideas Forum on the Community to find great new ideas to integrate into the products, and an idea with more stars is more likely to be noticed and considered. If you see something you love on the Ideas Forums, be sure to star it!
Isn't there something deeply satisfying about checking an item off a list as solved? When you accept a solution, you're saying "this question is solved, case closed! On to the next adventure!"
Our Community is founded on collaboration and a shared love of analytics. Our Solutions and Stars are one way to keep the Community strong. So please, take the extra two seconds to mark questions as solutions, or give something you liked a star!
With all the great collaboration and conversation taking place on the Alteryx Community, more and more series have been developing to deliver great content around similar Designer themes. We know some might be right down your alley, but you probably don’t receive email notifications from the Community because, let’s be honest, managing an inbox could be a full time job.
To help sift out the noise, you can use the Community subscription feature to only get the emails for the things that won’t immediately make their way to the deleted folder. To sign up for a subscription…
Navigate to a board of your choosing and select “Subscribe” in the “Options” drop down from the top left corner of your board’s landing page (next to “New Topic”).
Identify a label of interest/corresponding to your favorite series in a board from the “Labels” box on the right hand side of the board’s landing page.
Click one these labels to see search results just for that label, as well as a quick subscribe prompt at the very top of your search results, in yellow.
With this handy feature, you’ll be able to only tune in for the articles and boards that you want to be reading. Things like:
Mastering the Alteryx Designer with the Tool Mastery Series
Tips for developing your best macros from the CS Macro Dev Series
Exercises to keep your blending sharp from our Weekly Exercises
Or, like I do, to give you notifications for the raddest Pokemon GO catches of the day:
You know, the really important stuff.
If you ever change your mind, you can manage your subscriptions at any time by clicking “My Subscriptions” under your user icon in the top right hand of any Community page!
Beta Program - Action Required
What? Improvements to our licensing technology require that beta program participant re-license the beta software using the same keys available on the left hand side of the Centercode interface under the 'Beta License Keys' link.
Who? All Alteryx beta program participants who want to continue testing the currently available and future pre-release builds.
When? This licensing system update was implemented on Monday, July 30, 2018. Until you 're-license' by re-installing and re-licensing you wont be able to use beta software. Why? This licensing update will help us set the stage for our 2018.4 Beta Program (and others in the future). It includes enhancements and bug fixes to make licensing Alteryx fast and easy. How?
Re-license your beta license keys using the steps below
1) Upon Launch of your Designer using Beta license key, you'll be prompted for your license keys
figure 1 - Initial Launch - Not Licensed Anymore
2) Log into Alteryx Beta program (beta.alteryx.com) and select copy the 'Alteryx Designer' beta license key:
figure 2 - Location of beta license keys at beta.alteryx.com
3) Paste the Beta license Key into the 'License keys' field and click Activate button. Provide additional detail as requested and click Activate button
figure 3 - Provide user metadata
4) Success! You can now use Alteryx Beta again.
figure 4 - Back to Alteryxing everything!
5) You may shortly receive an email from email@example.com indicating that you can resent your FlexNet account password
figure 4 - Email from Flexera (License Management Provider)
Thanks again for your time and attention. Alter Everything! The Alteryx Beta Team Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
During testing of Alteryx's new beta program it was discovered that for some users a timing related unexpected behavior could occur during onboarding. The end result is that until the current browser session is ended or internet cache is cleared, users will see an unresponsive screen with this error message: 'The page you are attempting to access is unavailable'.
This behavior is not expected to affect many users, but on the offhand chance you experience it, the known workflow to reproduce and corresponding workaround are described below.
Sign in/Sign up at beta.alteryx.com
Figure 1 - Sign in/Sign up
Sign Up - Validate Your Email
Sign Up – Create an Account
Figure 2 – Create an Account
Accept License Agreement
Figure 3 – Accept Beta Testing Agreement
Fill Out User Profile Info
Figure 4 – User Profile Info
Wait for Approval
Figure 5 – Hang tight!
Check Your Email and click the link:
Figure 6 – Email Welcome to Project
NOTE: If you haven’t left your browser session, You’ll see this error message, I’m assured by Centercode that this is normal and usually wont impact users. The issue is that new permissions/roles/teams are assigned upon login to Centercode. Since you haven’t left your session, you need to establish a new connection. You can either 1 of 2 completely close and relaunch your web browser, or 2 of 2 clear your internet cache/cookies in Chrome (Ctrl+Shift+Delete) to continue. Details for 2 are in figure 8 below :
Figure 7 – uh oh!
NOTE: To Clear Browser history in Chrome I just chose these options:
Figure 8 – Clear your cache (last 24 hours should be fine)
Click to join the Beta Program you’re interested in:
Figure 9 – Back to Normal!
Figure 10 – You're Beta Testing Now!