THWACK Monthly Mission - August Mission

They say all good things must come to an end, including our summer daze. It’s now time to make sure you’ve got your lunchbox packed up and shoes tied tight as we get ready for another year of getting smart. But don’t worry, we plan to have some fun along the way. And no, we’re not talking about the large purple dinosaur type of fun; this will be a journey like no other, as we’re kicking off this new school year by taking you through our exciting SolarWindsTm Academy.

 Don’t be too nervous—instructors aren’t handing out dunce caps or detention slips here; instead, they’re going to take you on a fun-filled, mystical journey to help you achieve the most from your monitoring solution. So don’t think of them as mean AND boring teachers!

 Think of them as the cool teachers who don’t mind you being a few minutes late or if you chew some gum in class as long as it doesn’t distract the others. So now we’ve gotten all that handled, the only thing left for you to do before starting this conversation is to solve the following math problem…

Oh, who am I kidding? Who really enjoys math anyways?


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Answer each question correctly during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Answer all 20 questions correctly over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

  • August 8, 2022:   Thule 3203591 EnRoute Backpack 20L, Black  [Link]
  • August 15, 2022: Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE Color Graphic Calculator  [Link]
  • August 22, 2022:  Moleskine Pen+ Smart Writing Pen & Dotted Smart Notebook [Link]
  • August 29, 2022:  Hatch Restore Sleep Machine [Link]

Grand Prize:

August 29, 2022: Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Road Bike [Link]

Mission Shortcut Prize:

August 29, 2022: 3-month Pluralsight Subscription [Link]


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 1, 2022. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Hey kid, what are you looking for? Some hall passes, the answers to next month’s mission, or a shortcut to get you to the front of the class faster? Well, I can’t help you with the first two, but I can help you with a few simple steps to get ahead in this month’s mission. I got them right off the teacher’s desk, so I know they work. 

Participate in this month’s shortcut mission before Aug 28 to win a 3-month Pluralsight Subscription.

Shortcut steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Select a product trainer in your region
  3. Register for (ONE) office hour session of your choosing (prior to Aug 26th)
  4. Submit a screenshot of your registration confirmation email


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Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany

Mission Shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany

  • Day 4 appears broken.  I've 100% answered it correctly, but red X.  So either the link is wrong (I don't think it is), or the quiz answer is wrong.

  • since you want to downvote facts, allow me to elaborate.
    You stated below that you chose the answer "Build, Run, Optimize", and thought that it was the correct answer.
    If you follow the link provided (url=, you'll be taken to the Guided Curriculum page that is part of the Solarwinds Academy offering, where you can see on the very first headline that the elements of this program are to Build, Run, and Optimize your Solarwinds products with with live and on-demand classes.
    The answer you chose is the "slogan" if you will, and therefore incorrect, as the question is asking for the name of the program, and not the slogan.

  • Pretty sure I didn't downvote you.  Although I can see you've downvoted me, which is fine.  Your answer still doesn't tell me what the answer is.  I understand I perhaps picked the slogan, but I am at a loss to see what the actual program is called.

  • Pretty sure I didn't downvote you.  Although I can see you've downvoted me, which is fine.  Your answer still doesn't tell me what the answer is.  I understand I perhaps picked the slogan, but I am at a loss to see what the actual program is called.

  • you did, I checked, and then you removed it, which is fine, I don't care and this isn't reddit so I didn't lose any fake internet points, it was the sentiment of you being dismissive to the responses.

    We gave you the answer, twice actually.

    The bottom line is that you did select the wrong answer, neither the link nor the answers are broken, and you likely just needed an extra cup of coffee (as most of us sometimes do) before the answer becomes apparent.
    We were just trying to help you understand where you went wrong.

  • Its the very first words after the menu.

  • Since the week is over anyway, the answer is right in the link. As you click on each selection at the top, it is in the title of each of them. My brain keeps telling me Guided Meditation, but it is not that. It is close.

  • So I thought you were referring to that.  I actually hit the button by accident, and removed it immediately, as it wasn't a true downvote.  So if I removed it, then I didn't downvote you intentionally

    Im going to ask again, as whilst you may have alluded to the answer twice, I don't know the actual answer, so if possible, could you DM me the answer, or just post it here.  I too am trying to understand where I went wrong, but all this dancing around and commenting back and forth are not required.  I've accepted that I got the answer wrong, however I don't know what the right answer was.  Even though it's been pointed out twice.  Are we saying the answer was SA?

  • Did the Guided Curriculum link ( take you to the Guided Curriculum where you saw the Guided Curriculum? 

    So did you find your answer?

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