THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2017


Thwacksters, it is important that you remember the journey to the cloud begins with one step.

In this mission you will encounter spiritual cloud guides on your way to the snow-capped peaks where happy little clouds roam. These guides include: Librato, Papertrail, TraceView, and Pingdom.  Use the wisdom and hints they give you each day to answer the questions.

By the end of your journey you will learn that SolarWinds Monitoring Cloud is a suite of SaaS products that helps you solve complex performance and reliability problems with your cloud infrastructure or apps.

We wish you luck as you embark on your journey to the cloud.

Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.


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

  • Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered to win the weekly prize.
  • Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the Grand Prize: Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 9th.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 5th @ 11:59pm.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly 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 PrizesMon
Week 1 - Librato: Remote control Sumo Wrestlers + Automatic sand drawing (zen garden)

Complete questions 1-5 by January 15th to be entered to win

Week 2 - Papertrail: Sphero BB8

Complete questions 6-10 by January 22nd to be entered to win

Week 3 - TraceView: XBOX 1S + Battlefield

Complete questions 11-15 by January 29th to be entered to win

Week 4 - Pingdom: Sonos Play:3

Complete questions 16-20 by February 5th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 5th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch!

Official Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany

  • Congrats to the Monthly winners! Good luck to everyone on the next Mission!

  • With all the complexity and difficulty these give all of you I can understand if you hate me for saying this, but it would contribute to the highly competitive nature of these missions to have a counter showing the number still in it. Something silly like this:

    $Mission[$CurrentMission].Counter = 0

    IF (@Workdays(@Today-$MissionStartDate) > 0 then {

        foreach ($Thwacker in $ThwackCommunity) {

               IF (@AND(@WorkDays(@Today-$MissionStartDate) => $Thwacker.Mission[$CurrentMission].Correct, $Thwacker.Mission[$CurrentMission].Wrong = 0)) then $Mission[$CurrentMission].Counter +=1



  • Hi everyone,

    Unfortunately, we can not publish the list of participants eligible for our contest prizes as it is confidential information. I want to reassure everyone however, that if you answered all 20 questions correct, then you were eligible for the drawing of the grand prize. Same goes for the weekly drawings if you answer all five correctly. Winners are drawn at random through our system in order to guarantee every eligible participant a fair shot at winning, no matter how long they have been members of the THWACK community. If anyone would still like for me to confirm for them if they were eligible, please message me and I will be happy to do so. Thanks again to everyone who participated, we love the constant engagement within our community and appreciate you all! emoticons_happy.png

  • Hi Wendy,

    Is there anyway you can publish the list of all eligible candidates considered for this selection?

    just wanted to be sure that i am (and many like me) considered as one of the member to be in the list to pick as winner.