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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - JULY 2017

Level 15

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SysAdmin Day is right around the corner and that means here at THWACK® HQ, we’ve got system and application problems on the brain, not to mention all the tools you need to solve them. If only life in the systems admin world was contained to restarting servers, swapping hardware, and monitoring storage health—you know, the fun stuff. Unfortunately, we also have those challenging “people issues” that never go away. We’re talking, that guy who not only stalks you at your desk with his broken laptop—but also routinely forgets passwords, tells bro jokes you don’t want to hear, AND snags you right before you’re out the door for the weekend!

Whether it’s troubleshooting app performance issues or “that guy”—let’s call him B.r.a.d. (short for “being really annoying daily”)—you deserve to be appreciated for all the work you do. We’re dedicating this mission and the month of July to celebrating SysAdmins everywhere, because we don’t think one day is enough.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the July THWACK mission and see if you will be able to move ahead in the proverbial systems game. Keep an eye out for “Bradisms” after each question and let us know in the comment section if you can relate.

Good luck!

JULY MISSION

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 for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: An Apple watch​!

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on July 10, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize:

Week 1 - Drawing on July 17: THWACK Hammock + Yeti Rambler

Week 2 - Drawing on July 24: Yeti hopper

Week 3 - Drawing on July 31: Bluetooth speaker kit

Week 4 - Drawing on August 7: Chrome Bit

Grand Prize - Drawing on August 7: Apple watch


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.

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win a LEGO Star Wars Death Star

The shortcut is simple:

1.   Server & Application Monitor

2.   Upload a screenshot after install of the PerfStack – Performance Analysis Dashboard

3.   Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win a LEGO Star Wars Death Star

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

Server & Application Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.

Weekly Prizes

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Winners

Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by July 16 to be entered to win: THWACK Hammock + Yeti Rambler
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by July 23 to be entered to win: Yeti hopper
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by July 30 to be entered to win: ​Bluetooth speaker kit
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by August 6 to be entered to win: Chrome Bit

Correctly answer all 20 questions by AUGUST 6th and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Apple watch

Monthly Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

239 Comments
Level 9

The text in the mission says the questions will remain open until 6 August 11:59 PM Central Time.  Why do the questions say "must be answered by 4 August"?

Level 9

I just tried it as well, disappointed, I had a month with all correct answers for once and now I can't complete it!

Level 10

:^(

Level 8

Locked for me as well.

Level 11

I was planning to answer the last week's questions today the 5th. "Correctly answer all 20 questions by AUGUST 6th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!" but they're locked. No Bueno!

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MVP

I was just about to complain about them locking early, guess I'm not the only one!

Level 12

trully. i had the same issue. Nice to know its not just me. though . better i start early next time.

Level 8

wabbott  Will this be fixed so those of us that work the weekend can answer the last couple questions? Thanks! 

Level 9

Same boat as you guys!

Level 8

It does say to complete by Aug. 6. Today is the 6th and its locked out????

Level 8

Yep, locked out for me as well. Question 19 is locked for me.

Level 10

I was going to answer them now as well. 20 minutes left and locked?!?! What happened?

wabbott

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on July 10, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Level 14

I took a long weekend off from Friday.  I've learnt from my mistake! Never, never take any time off

Level 9

Doh! back from vacation to find last weeks' questions locked... on the plus side I WAS on vacation...

Level 12

"Time-Off"?   what is this Mythical term you speak of? 

Level 12

So close... gutted.

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Level 7

Same for me. Its a shame they locked it earlier then advertised.

Level 9

Oops...I was doing so well this month, reading and re-reading the questions, taking my time, etc.  I guess I should've paid attention to the fact that I was out of the office the last Friday of the contest.  I don't win things...I'm more upset that I missed out on whatever b.r.a.d was up to...

Level 11

The week 4 winner who will be taking home a Chrome Bit is cookieproblem​!

The Grand Prize winner who will be taking home an Apple watch​ is matt.hill​!

Congrats to all winners this month and thanks to everyone who participated!

Level 10

Thanks lindsey.serrano​!

Thanks also to Solarwinds for having these awesome missions and other activities to bring everyone on the site together!!!

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MVP

Congrats to cookieproblem​ and to matt.hill​  !!

Level 10

So, what happened with this locking early? Several people got locked out who were trying to complete the contest according to the Mission Rules set forth by "Thwack Management" Why didn't everyone have a fair chance to complete this mission according to said rules? Due to this locking early, our chances to win the prizes outlined, were killed. #disappointment#bogus

Level 10

It seems like Thwack admins don't really care, that the contest closed before the "Mission Rules" said it would close. Thus spoiling several people's chances to complete this mission and have a fair chance to win the prizes. I do understand that this is free and the prizes are very nice and some very costly. But, we were just following the "Mission Rules" set forth by Thwack Admins. Why is it OK to "pull the rug out" from under quite a few people. We just wanted the allotted time as specified in the Mission Rules to complete this contest as we do every month. That's all.

Level 15

Hey guys, sorry about the questions being locked early. You'll have until the end of the day tomorrow to complete the last week of the mission and still get your points.

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MVP

I think the comment is unfair to the Thwack team.  They do good work every month and it was a mistake.

Level 9

Agreed!  I'm glad I got a chance to take the survey, though...I'm off to help B.r.a.d. build a website!

Level 10

I agree they do great work every month... I thoroughly enjoy the missions and I understand we are all human and make mistakes. That's why I used the word "seems" and because I didn't see any explanation or comment on what happened and or why it happened.

Did you complete ALL the questions correctly before the contest was locked early?

Level 11

Mission shortcut winner is j_dennis​!

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MVP

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Congrats j_dennis​... I'm super jealous!

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MVP

ahpdwebmaster​​ Perhaps they marked that question as optional, on their side, and automatically entered those users into the drawing(s)? They have done similar such things in the past, as they are very good about making things fair for all.

Level 14

Thanks Wendy. And with my super-extensive experience, hard work and lots of due-diligence I managed to get Q20 correct

Level 15

If you completed all the questions up until the last week, then yes.

Level 14

congrats to cookieproblem​ and matt.hill

Congrats to the all the winners!  Looking forward to the August mission!

Level 10

Thanks Lindsey! I've sent you a message with my contact info.

Level 9

Congrats winners!!!

Level 9

Congratulations to all the winners

Level 11

Mission shortcut points have been awarded!

Level 12

Woo Hoo ! That's a great little gift before the weekend! Thanks.