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THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2017

Level 15

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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.

JANUARY 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 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

MISSION RULES

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
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
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

243 Comments
Level 14

Looking forward to it

Level 7

First time qualifying for the grand prize draw so excited would love to get my hands on a RIFT

Level 11

All green. It's been several months since I've seen that. 🙂

Good luck one and all!

RT

P.S. The patching will continue until security improves! 

Level 9

Me too! Good luck with that Oculus

Level 9

Why is it saying that I didn't do the poll on the 3rd Feb? I did! I used my phone to do it

*EDIT*

My point is, I did the poll on the 3rd Feb at around midnight UK time but it isn't showing that I did it.

Level 7

Good luck everyone

Level 11

neck of the moment.. tensed

Level 11

Ugh, it already closed out? Dammit, I thought I had until Monday.

Level 20

It is Monday the 6th.

Level 11

And today, Monday the 6th, I cannot complete the last question, leaving me at 19/20. Which is quite frustrating, given what a nice prize the Thwack team was able to procure. It's noted in the description, I was just looking at the drawing times as cutoffs, and that was only valid for the first three weeks, unfortunately.

Level 12

Same here. I was out sick Friday.

Level 9

MISSION RULES

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.

Level 9

ouch... missed the deadline on the last question as well

Level 12

Ah. I keep forgetting that the last question isn't as accommodating as the other Friday questions are. It's something that doesn't come up often. Thanks for the reminder.

Level 16

Great mission!!  I learned much about these products

Level 10

Thought I was complete with the Mission but it looks like I did not click something in the final poll - although I remember clicking my vote and I even commented.  Maybe wabbott​ will take pity on me so I can be in the running for the prizes.  Or not... always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Level 8

Rats, was sick Friday and hoped I could do the last question this morning.  Maybe next month...........

MVP
MVP

I love it when missions introduce you to products like this, especially those that aren't obvious on the main web site.

Level 11

Our week 4 winner who will be taking home a : Sonos Play:3​ is...rlagrone​! Congrats!!

MVP
MVP

Congrats rlagrone​ !

Level 11

Congratulations to the January Mission winners!

Level 11

And now the moment you've all been waiting for...

The lucky grand prize winner of the January mission who will be taking home an Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch​ is...lbridger​! Congrats!!

Thank you to all who participated!

Congrats lbridger​!!!

Level 15

Don't forget to take the mission accomplished survey and get 250 THWACK points! Mission Accomplished January 2017: Journey to the Cloud 

Level 9

Can you confirm if I was entered into the Sonos and Oculus Rift please? If not I would like to know why not. I haven't had a response to my comment that I made earlier.

Thanks

Level 9

Congrats to all the January Mission winners

Level 8

Yussssssss! *tears of excitement*

Level 10

Gratz everyone!

Level 15

Hi Dave,

On our end I'm seeing that you were able to successfully answer all questions.  

Apologies for the delay on your earlier question.

Level 9

Congratulations to all the January Winners!

Level 9

Way to Go!

Level 7

Congrats rlagrone and lbridger

Level 8

Congratulations to the January Mission Winners!!

Congrats rlagrone

Congrats lbridger​ what a prize!

Level 20

This months was the BEST monthly prize so far I think... the huge TV was cool too!

MVP
MVP

Fantastic grand prize this month!

Level 11

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.

Level 11

Congrats rlagrone and lbridger have fun

Level 11

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!

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

    }

}

Level 10

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