Maybe it’s the change of seasons, or perhaps growing pains, but there have been some interesting shenanigans going on in the community. I was chuffed when Adam Crahen posted his blog What’s Wrong with the Community it took some courage to publish, perhaps there could be some negative feedback. I agree, it’s not broken, but there’s definitely a few cracks that I’d love for us to polyfilla over!
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I felt compelled after seeing and experiencing some things I believe aren’t great for a thriving community. I thought I’d throw out some ideas as a starter for us to chat about what will make our community the best (again)!
My Top 5 Suggestions are:
Welcoming Newbies & Promoting Members on the “Up & Up”
It can be a little daunting for new people to find a foothold, particularly if they are more on the introvert side of the fence. #TableauFF is a great way to share your latest and greatest finds in the Tableau Community – we were all there once, give others a hand up!
If someone posts their first #makeovermonday give them kudos – it’s hard to post that first MM tweet, especially when there are so many talented Tableau Designers out there! Like & RT!
Spread the LOVE!
If you find something that you think could help others, or piques your interest RT and like it on Twitter, or share on LinkedIn.
Acknowledge Your Inspiration:
One of my favourite quotes is from Isaac Newton “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”. It displays the ultimate in humility, acknowledging the great people who have helped shape ideas.
There have been times in my career when others have presented my work as there’s, and it really hurts. I’d recommend acknowledging other people’s influence on your work, whether it be a viz you’re recreating and publishing, or simply using it for inspiration on another data set. It’s easy to give a shout out to the person who kicked off your idea.
This goes for posting blog posts as well! If people have posted something similar already, reach out to them and see if you can collaborate. Sometimes reaching out and letting people know you’re going to do something along the same lines can be a bit confronting, see if you can work together. Also, be sure to mention them in your blog and explain why you’re extending or building on the original post.
Be Prepared for Comments
If you put something out, be prepared for people to chat to you about it. Sometimes it will be warm and fuzzy, and other times it may raise your eyebrows. Take the time to understand the reason behind the comments, and respond (or don’t) it’s your choice. Feedback can help you understand your original ideas even more, use it wisely!
Getting Hot and Frothy? Take it Behind the Scenes
There’s no need to drag out the dirty laundry in front of everyone. If there’s a disagreement, 140-280 characters doesn’t make it easy to resolve. The easiest thing is to pick up the phone (Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc), otherwise take it to DM. Twitter discussions tend to be circular, and also spiral out of control. Nip it in the bud beforehand.
Tag! You’re it!! It’s your turn now! What else could help our community thrive? I welcome your feedback.