Idea for @PatrickN
Really love the certification - it's a tremendous tool for both the community at large, and for Alteryx to grow their trained user base.
How would you feel about bringing a page into the "Academy" section of the community site so that people can easily find this (that seems like a logical place to keep this)?
thank you again for the work on the certification program - @patrick_digan mentioned to me that there are now over 50 people certified already (56 this morning) - not bad at all for a 6 day old certification program!
Lumping Connect in with Gallery makes it difficult to find things specific to Connect. There is already one thread tagged as "Connect," which has nothing to do with Connect. I know it is new, and there is little activity, but with the issues I am experiencing, I expect the space to explode very quickly.
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"
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!
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.
Currently there is a set of Community Blogs which include information about the "top performers" on the community page in a few categories, which I think is really cool.
We also have publicly available user stats and leaderboards which provide a "real-time" snapshot of this information.
I think it would be really cool to have some way to download this data. Currently using information that is available I can easily find out how many posts I make per day (.1) or how many stars I receive a day (.05) and compare that to other users, but in order to get that data currently I either have to click into a couple different pages and do some data entry, or try and scrape/parse the web content myself.
This seems like a fun, community-driven dataset, and I'm sure there are some cool things that the community could build with it.
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!
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")
@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?
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?
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?
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
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).
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 @jason_m_mack @Kanderson
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 @dvonka @dev_raut @brendafos @toddhowl @oliver_huber just to take the top 10 from the various boards)
Alteryx has to make a lot of little decisions that have a big impact on users such as...
Rather than Alteryx making those decisions, why not let the Community decide! A new polls section would allow the users to ultimately determine the look and feel of certain things in the Designer and make other contributions to the future of Alteryx.
If this is done, please make it a separate section (not a subset under discussions) so the purpose and impact are clear.
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.
This is probably just the neat-freak inside of me but I've been noticing more an more Community posts that don't really belong where they are. Examples:
To help the moderators out, I think adding a "Suggest Move" option to the Options Menu on a post (pictured below) would be valuable.
When selecting this option a little window could pop up with a list of the different areas of the Community. The user would then select the one that they feel the post should be moved too. Moderators would then see all the suggested moves on a special screen and perform the move if they agree. Ideally, any hyperlinks to the moved post that exist within other posts on the community would be redirected.
The positive benefits of this would be:
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).