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THWACK Monthly Mission - March 2019

Community Manager

You find yourself with a multitude of clues.  Use your instincts and your plethora of tools to understand the means behind this atrocious crime.  This is the worst crime of all.  The epitome of treachery.  What crime you may ask?  Theft of productivity.

Comb through the clues and look deep into the bowels of your infrastructure.  Avoid the red herrings and get down to the actual root cause.  Detectives are only as good as their mind and tools, so use them both to find the culprit in “The Case of the Curious Systems Meltdown.”



MARCH MONTHLY 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.

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.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
March 11, 2019: Mysterium Board Game

March 18,  2019: Sherlock Holmes Collection 6 Book Box Set

March 25, 2019: LEGO Scooby-Doo The Mystery Machine

April 1, 2019: Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Grand Prize:
April 1, 2019: 3D Printer



MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on March 4, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUT

Complete the mission shortcut between March 14, 2019 and March 31, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit!


The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download a free trial or upgrade to Server & Application Monitor 6.8
  2. Take a screenshot using AppInsight for Active Directory [blur server/node names!]
  3. Submit screenshot here
WEEKLY PRIZESMONTUEWEDTHUFRIWINNERS
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by March 10, 2019 to be entered to win: Mysterium Board Game
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by March 17, 2019 to be entered to win: Sherlock Holmes Collection 6 Book Box Set
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by March 24, 2019 to be entered to win: LEGO Scooby-Doo The Mystery Machine
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by March 31, 2019 to be entered to win: Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 31, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! 3D Printer



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

451 Comments

Looking forward to another exciting mission this month!

Level 11

And so it begins...

Level 9

Yay! It's working. I can see the questions!

Level 10

I feel like if you select Dark theme for Question 1 it should be worth some THWACK points.

Dark Theme for Life

https://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/8037#start=275

Level 10

I think:

"The game is afoot" is more appropriate.

My favorite quote from Holmes has got to be:

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains - however improbable - must be the truth!"

I don't know why but that makes total and complete sense to me...I must have a seriously warped mind!

And, BTW, some excellent prizes this month!  Can I 3-D print a trip to Hawai'i?  This cold is for the bloody birds!!

Level 10

I want to believe that someday Dark Theme will be the correct answer!!!

MVP
MVP

Thought the Dark Theme option was a serious tease...maybe that means it may get some traction in the near future.

Hey, Jfrazier​, have you seen this thread:Dark Theme In a Day ?

Level 11

Ill take the 3D printer

MVP
MVP

Now I have....

Level 9

3d printer be great for some projects i got coming up\

Occam's Razor is a good tool for troubleshooting network issues.

But if you want your mind blown, read "Occam's Scalpel" by Theodore Sturgeon.  You might come away with a different set of questions . . .

Yes, that was just a mean tease!

Level 7

The Holmes quote is perfect for the I.T. world

Level 13

This seems like it will be a fun mission this month.

Level 13

Huh...? I selected "Dark Theme" from question 1 and got it wrong.

LOL -<jjk>

Fun time!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Have you seen this yet? Dark Theme In a Day

Level 13

Awesome prizes this month!  Was really pulling for #darktheme​  on the first question, but I resisted.

Level 12

I don't know if this matters or not but, when linking to the Amazon products could you link to https://smile.amazon.com?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Level 9

DarkTheme for the win!

I had the exact same thoughts!

Community Manager
Community Manager

That's a great suggestion! We'll keep it in mind when we purchase prizes.

Level 9

I know I am getting old and grumpy but I just answered today's question (correctly for a change!) and thought the response a bit patronising. Is it me or what?

Level 9

Kinda similar with today's question

Level 14

Do we ignore the spelling mistake (or incorrect wording) in today's answers.         

Level 10

Yeah, maybe a bit in the tone.

Level 9

meh; sarcasm is The Admin's sharpest weapon; careful ye not be sliced sarcasm.png

Level 12

Sarcasm, isn't that the language of IT?

While I agree with you, davej​, that the tone of the response was a bit on the sardoinc side, is there an alternative way of looking at this?

Yes, one can say "Boy, that is a really sarcastic comment."...orrrrrrr

One can say that whoever wrote the question was simply indicating where, on the page, we can find the answers to some of the questions in the future.

I know it's easy to go to the negative ("It's easier for a human being to think negatively than positively; that's why only five percent are successful." - Earl Nightingale, "The Strangest Secret"), and we know that misery loves company. But judging by some things that have been mentioned in other threads, THWACK is in the midst of some turmoil right now and I think we need to cut the GEEKS some slack.  Like I said, when you go negative, you'll get a ton of likes and replies of "Me, too!" as we have seen.  I'm just suggesting an alternative approach until things get back to "normal" (whatever THAT is! ;-).

Level 9

Looks like you took my comment a little too heavily!

I agree with all you wrote there about how easy it is to be negative and to cut the folks some slack. I back that 100%

It was written and meant to be light hearted with the expectation that all those who know me and some that don't to say that its is me that is old and grumpy!

All, please take it as it was intended, a bit of a banter point to help pass the time and not a big dig at our colleagues.

Forgive me, Dave, was certainly not trying to go overly literal.  It's just been my experience on this forum that the GEEKS get raked over the coals for the slightest misstep and while joking and fun are definitely welcome, folks can take it to the extreme (else why is there a comment below that has been hidden?).

One thing I do know is that I do not envy these GEEKS their tasks: trying to cater to 150,000+ OCD, nitpicky nerds (meant with all due respect and love, gang...I am one, too) can drive anyone up a wall.  And I might get a little defensive of them, yes, and I freely admit that but I want this forum to stick around, and while it would be unlikely that they would pull the plug due to comments made on the threads, that possibility does exist.  Just sayin'...

I may have thrown up in my mouth at Adobe Flash overhaul... 😛

Level 8

Looking like this is going to be a fun monthly mission.

Level 8

I loving it!

Level 13

What a cruel, cruel joke that answer is!

Level 9

I'm on ​FIRE

Level 12

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Level 13

Level 12

ok I got to admit being on fire today boost the moral a little bit.....

Level 10

With all the back patting on correct answers this week... Well, I guess now I know what it feels like to be a millennial. Should they change the correct answers from green check-circles to gold stars or prize ribbons? Then the transformation would be complete.

Level 9

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Level 8

I love this memes...

Level 9

So far so good.....easy mission so far

Level 14

Don't tell them, they'll just make it harder.     

Level 11

BADA-BING???

Level 12

Wow ... the passive-aggressiveness in the answer text is strong this month.

Graeme, I don't want to offend and I'll assume your query is one of "I don't know what that means. Please enlighten me." (although with all the "snarkasm" floating around the mission this month, my Spidey sense is totally off!) so here goes.

The term "Bada Bing" is an American colloquialism that stems from back East (New York, I'm sure) and has been attributed mainly to persons of Italian-American descent.  It means something akin to "Ah, yes, that was correct!" or "Yep, there it is! I see it now!".  It's often coupled with "Bada Boom" as well (so "Bada Boom, Bada Bing!").  Not sure where or when it started but it has appeared in modern film and television, and even in commercials here in the US.

Hope that helps and, as mentioned, that I do not offend.

Level 12

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