I don’t think I have ANY spreadsheets right now that I upkeep in a reusable basis. Everything I use it for is TEMPORARY, ephemeral. I’m looking through my last bunch I’ve made and they’re all scratchpads. I get some ugly data from a website. I use Excel to clean it up. I want to run a few quick calculations on some 500-1000 item thing, I throw it in Excel and do it real quick. I need to match up several dissimilar tables by creating a common key and then using the final table for something else, etc. I _suspect_ our disconnect is an assumption that I’m using these things for ongoing, reusable data processing. But I’m not. It’s all hands on, sit down, get the ugly data, work with it to make it work better / look better / be usable – and then that’s it. Most of my tasks are quick. 15 minutes, a few hours if it’s complicated but that’s it.

I don’t think I have ANY spreadsheets right now that I upkeep in a reusable basis.
Everything I use it for is TEMPORARY, ephemeral. I’m looking through my last bunch I’ve made and they’re all scratchpads. I get some ugly data from a website. I use Excel to clean it up. I want to run a few quick calculations on some 500-1000 item thing, I throw it in Excel and do it real quick. I need to match up several dissimilar tables by creating a common key and then using the final table for something else, etc.
I _suspect_ our disconnect is an assumption that I’m using these things for ongoing, reusable data processing. But I’m not. It’s all hands on, sit down, get the ugly data, work with it to make it work better / look better / be usable – and then that’s it. Most of my tasks are quick. 15 minutes, a few hours if it’s complicated but that’s it.
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