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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- OCTOBER 2016

Level 15

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It’s official. Summer is now in the rearview mirror (if you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere) and you’ve most likely bid farewell to the swimsuit, the sandals, and some of that carefree summer spirit. The days are getting shorter and the glow of the sun will soon be replaced by the illumination of your monitor—signaling the return of that workday routine where a looming list of updates and urgent alerts pile up…

*Record scratch*

Hold up a sec, who said monitoring apps & servers has to feel like so much work you can never escape? Where’s that break when you need it? It’s time to take off for Destination Automation where SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor will show you how to kick back and live the automated life. Take in the view from your console as advanced monitoring and effortless resource discovery let you relax and bask in your proactive landscape.

Ready to dive in and find that happy place? Start the mission and discover NEW Windows, Linux, and Hybrid monitoring all in one powerful tool!

OCTOBER MISSION

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions.

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- A Yeti Hopper Flip 12 cooler

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on October 3rd.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until October 30th @ 11:59pm CDT.

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:

Week 1 - Drawing on October 10th Colibri Single Travel Hammock Set

Week 2 - Drawing on October 17th Yeti 36 oz. Rambler Bottle

Week 3 - Drawing on October 24th OAKLEY HOLBROOK SUNGLASSES

Week 4 - Drawing on October 31st Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® speaker

Grand Prize - Drawing on October 31st Yeti Hopper Flip 12 cooler

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.

*Bonus Activity*

Collect key phrases & earn +300 THWACK points!

  • After each question we will give you a letter on the popup screen (letters will be released in order)
  • At the end of each week you should have a 5 letter key phrase
  • Keep track of the key phrases each week & enter all 4 of them into THIS survey
  • If you correctly enter all 4 key phrases you will earn +300 THWACK points!
  • It’s up to you to keep track of the key phrases

Good luck!

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Colibri Single Travel Hammock Set

Complete questions 1-5 by October 9th to be entered to win

Week 2: Yeti 36 oz. Rambler Bottle

Complete questions 6-10 by October 16th to be entered to win

Week 3: OAKLEY HOLBROOK SUNGLASSES

Complete questions 11-15 by October 23rd to be entered to win

Week 4: Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® speaker

Complete questions 16-20 by October 30th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by October 30th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
A Yeti Hopper Flip 12 cooler
340 Comments
Level 11

Option A and B of Question 1 are same:

  1. Visualize applications and servers on topology maps and intuitive dashboards for quick analysis
  2. Visualize applications and servers on topology maps and intuitive dashboards for quick analysis
Level 9

Cracking prizes this month, I need to win every week !!

Level 7

I only selected 3 of the 4 since there was a double answer and then i got the question wrong.

Level 12

Good morning and Congrats to the WINNERs!

Seems today's choices "A" and "B" are identical.  Is this Halloween trick or treat ?

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MVP

Well crud, I failed to get the letter of the day when the congrats screen popped up.

I think B was meant to be "Understand application dependencies with other IT layers, including servers, virtualized infrastructure, and storage systems." Maybe?

Level 12

Hello everyone, I just sent a message to Wendy about the choices for today question (don't want to get it wrong

Level 8

Or it's twice as important. Similar to the 5 D's of Dodgeball:

  1. Dodge
  2. Duck
  3. Dip
  4. Dive
  5. Dodge
Level 15

Question 1 has been updated & anyone who got it wrong will have a second chance.

Level 12

Thank you Wendy for fixing it !

If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!

I just wanted to pass along my kudos to the Solarwinds team who was responsible for pick the prizes this month. They are awesome, Awesome, AWESOME!!!

Level 15

Perhaps you should be Prepared next time to Pay better attention to the Pop up.

Is this a Gary Oldman / Friends reference?  🙂

Friends - HD - Richard Crosby - YouTube

Level 8

Fyi, I took the question challenge a few minutes ago and had the correct answer after reading the white paper and it still shows as having gotten the answer incorrect.

Not sure when the correction you mention will be updated.

Thanks

Brian

Wow.  Apparently it pays to be late to the game--I never saw the dual answers.

Level 15

Sent you a PM

Level 11

Guess who's already forgotten to write down one of the letters

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MVP

I claim first on that yesterday !!

Level 8

2016-10-04 09_42_42-Announcements_ THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- OCTOBER ... _THWACK.pngwabbott​ to the rescue !

The Bonus words probably will wind up being an anagram for something like "Solarwinds WINNER!"

Level 12

Did anyone get a letter after they answered a question for the bonus?

*Bonus Activity*

Collect key phrases & earn +300 THWACK points!

  • After each question we will give you a letter on the popup screen (letters will be released in order)
  • At the end of each week you should have a 5 letter key phrase
  • Keep track of the key phrases each week & enter all 4 of them into THIS survey
  • If you correctly enter all 4 key phrases you will earn +300 THWACK points!
  • It’s up to you to keep track of the key phrases

Yes, I've received this.  It's not a "letter" as in an e-mail or snail mail.  It's an alpha character displayed as a popup screen while you're doing a question.  Just write down the letters and store them until it's time to submit them for a bonus.

Level 12

Oh i didnt get a pop up when i done them. is there a way to get them back or look them up somewhere.

Level 12

Wendy hinted at one of them upthread:

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There's no extra pop-up, the letter appears after you select your answer when the 'Congrats!' message appears.  It's part of the text there.

Level 9

The "Hints" make it a nice, No Brainer and you actually learn something reading the whitepapers....

Also, If you miss the Letter, just click on the Check Mark... 

Level 9

Out of curiosity I clicked on the... THIS survey on Monday but did not submit any answers.  I clicked on the same link today and received this "Overachiever warning! You have already completed this survey."

How can I submit the answers at the end of week?

  • Keep track of the key phrases each week & enter all 4 of them into THIS survey
Level 13

i clicked on the checkmark, but nothing came up... 😞 I'll have to put my thinking cap on for this one

Level 11

That only works until you refresh the page. After that, it just shows you the question again, along with your answer.

Level 9

Good to know!  Thanks for clarifying...

Level 15

Hi there, can you try again? I've adjusted the survey settings.

Let me know if it's still giving you a warning.

Level 9

Thanks Wendy!  That worked!

BTW, I love the creativity that was used in providing the options in Wednesday's answers.

Level 12

if you click on the question again after answering you should see the letter.  I did the same as you at first

Uffda!  I answered the question correctly this morning (Wednesday, 10/5/2016) and did not see the secret letter pop up. 

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I never even saw it go by.  Shoot.

Level 12

If you get a question wrong I would like to see what the correct answer should have been. Just out of curiosity and it would make a good learning experience too.

Level 8

Jfrazier​ click on your Answered Questions again to view your Letter.

Level 11

i selected all 4 answers in question 1 and got it correct , and i am unable to see bonus activity character on the check mark of the questions that i have answered, it looks like they only appear only once when you answer the question, after that i have clicked 100 times on the check but there is no hintOct quiz.jpg

Level 12

i didn't get a letter for question 1 and 2, it just said I got them correct. Then on Wednesday I got the pop up with a letter in it. My dialog box looked like yours above.

Level 11

Oh course I got all 4 right so far and only saw the letter thing today.  Its only my 2nd mission and first with a bonus.  Can anyone help

Level 11

I got Wendy's hint

Level 12

I am looking to receive this week prize for my BD!

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MVP

That works for Wednesday...not monday or tuesday.

Level 12

Well I guess I am not the only one this happened too. I don't feel singled out now.

Level 11

These prizes rock!! Great picks guys!

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MVP

Today's question includes an answer that really should be a feature request - so we'd all know when Not to answer the phone!

Level 10

Arrrg - I just logged and banged through the last three day's questions and completely forgot to note them down!

Level 11

Maybe we could make it so when you review your answers for the week, and you got it right, the letter would appear also.

Level 12

I noticed the weight limit is 395 lbs for the hammock.  That should be able to encapsulate most Geeks.

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Week 1 complete !!