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THWACK Monthly Mission - November 2020

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For many of us, November marks the start of the time of year filled with celebrations. For the THWACK® community, though, it’s an extra-special month because we welcome one of the most joyous of occurrences: THWACKcamp! For 9 years, members of THWACK—along with the wider world of monitoring mavens and IT professionals—have come together for two days of learning, sharing, and virtual camaraderie.

It’s only fitting for this November Monthly Mission to be all about THWACKcamp. Every day this month, youll be quizzed on your knowledge of THWACKcamp past and present. Between now and the big event (Nov 1213; register now!) well see how much you know about THWACKcamp in general and what you remember from previous years. But halfway through the month, well switch it up and see how well you paid attention THIS year, with questions highlighting conversations from the best THWACKcamp yet.

If youre new to the SolarWinds® and THWACKcamp family or you simply dont like tests, quizzes, or brainteasers, we want to ease your concerns. Every question comes with a hint to point you in the right direction. And of course, you can always ask the incredible THWACK community for help!

We’re excited to see everyone participate in the penultimate THWACK mission for 2020, to read your comments and feedback each day, andof courseto see you at the big event itself.


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.


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
November 9, 2020: D&D Core Rulebook Gift Set

November 16, 2020: Jabra Elite 45h

November 23, 2020: THWACKstore Solar Charger and Backpack 

November 30, 2020: Logitech Gaming Mouse

Grand Prize:
November 30, 2020: THWACKstore JBL Headphones


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 2, 2020. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between November 16, 2020 and November 29, 2020 to be entered to win a mophie - Powerstation Go Wireless Portable Car Jump Starter with AC Outlet and Wireless Charging

Shortcut Steps
  1. Complete the THWACKcamp 2020 post-event survey here!
  2. Submit a screenshot of your confirmation page here.



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

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

Mission Shortcut Part 2 Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada  | Germany  | Australia 

Level 9

It's a trick question. The video mentions 2 answers but you still have to guess at the "correct" answer because either one could be right. We need a do-over.

I am with the others today, this one needs a reset.  @yumdarling 

Level 8

Yup.. got me with the old "answer is in the title, but ah-ha that's not the answer"  trick.  😖 Rascals! 

Level 9


Level 8

Kevin gave the answer right up front in the video. Just watch the video, and you will have your answer within a few seconds. I think the hint said to watch the video, not just read the title of the video.


Level 9

@fakeaccount  is right. 

We have youtube blocked and I was on our VPN, so I took the slacker route. And now I must pay the price for my hasty actions. 



Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Friends!

Today's question was a tricky one - kudos to those who drank their coffee & got it correct! In the spirit of THWACKsgiving, I've gone ahead and reset the question for anyone who got it incorrect. If you got the answer correct, no action required.

Level 8

@jolson1 - It looks like you have another shot! Nice!

I am sorry to hear that YouTube is blocked where you work. That sucks.

I pulled it up and saw Kevin and Leon were in it, so I just had to watch. I am a big fan of both of them.

Like @OliviaP said, Happy THWACKsgiving! 

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If you can't see it on YouTube, maybe you can see it on our site...
The Four Questions Every Monitoring Engineer Is Asked 

Level 9

@fakeaccount  Healthcare man, with recent attack vector kind of going over board for the time being. 
I like @KMSigma Leon as well, always great info.

Level 10

Great info from @KMSigma and @adatole as always in the video. Sounds like the conversations I have almost daily. Always nice to know you aren't alone.

I do agree if the question was "How many questions are monitoring engineers REALLY asked?" that'd be good wording.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Level 9

Hi @yumdarling,  quck question  when the 3000 points from  THWACKcamp™ 2020 survey  will be added to the account ? please let me know thank you Alexander  

Level 13



No 'watch the video' hint that I can see. And I did watch it and yes, they said 5 but then 4 but then they also said "leads to many". Personally I'll take the do over, which I didn't ask for, and go with the wrong answer to be right 🙂

My initial post was purely to help/warn others nit to fall into the trap.

Level 7

Happy Thanksgiving Day 

Level 8

@stuartd - Yes, both the question and one answer changed later in the day. Your original answer is not even there anymore. So what you posted is clearly not what was there at the beginning of the day.

Level 8

Strange that the last question was not a survey like every other monthly mission.

Finally, a last question of the Mission that is actually a question!

Level 10

Hi @yumdarling, day 9 question is still confusing and I got it wrong - even though I think I'm right....

Maybe a statement to say that the "Welcome Remarks" is not a session?

Level 12

I was also sure of Day 9, yet I got a Big Red X. It must be a mistake


Level 12

I also got day 20 wrong, which is so easy and correct.

I think these 2 red X are not correct. I got both answers correctly, they are so easy.

Can I get my points back?


Level 12

I apologize for saying Day 9 and Day 20 wrong.

It was my mistake, I did not use the full screen view for the last question, so I did not complete my selection.

For Day 9, I went through the other information on the Camp page and found the answer. 


Level 11

Nov 26 is weird. It totally depends on the tomato or is it the potato? Or maybe just the developer. I've never heard a consistent answer from anyone to say it's authoritative. I'd like to see a citation, so I guess I'm going hunting for one on da interwebz to see if there really is one. App-ee, or eh-pee-eye spelled out. I've heard both for well over a decade with no counters. 

Level 11

No question today?

Level 9

Selecting 99 but Solarwinds aint one was well worth not receiving points for 

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@batye  - Thanks so much for completing the survey!  🎉  We'll batch award points tomorrow, so you should expect to see those points on your account by the end of the week. Let us know if you don't!

@ramaiya2 - no question today! Missions are four weeks long and this one ran from 11/2 - 11/29. Generally speaking, missions launch the first Monday of every month, so December's mission will start on Mon, 12/7! 

Hi @OliviaP  I do not believe i received points for the Thursday and Friday answers.   My point totals are still the same as they were Wednesday.   Can you check please.   Thank you.   

Level 9

Alas another month that I am not a winner. 
Congrats to those that did though. until next time

Hey @jolson1  I am right there with you


Level 8

congratulations to the winning Thwackers.

Level 8

Quick question...

I was the winner for the November Week 3 drawing, but have yet to receive any email communications from Solarwinds. The rules state that I should have received an email within 7 days of the drawing.

What should I do?

Level 8

Forgot to include @yumdarling and @OliviaP in my posting above this.

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Community Manager

Hi @glmurphy you should have received an email from meeeee 🙂 Are you telling me you're sending me to spam?! 

I'm kidding 🙂 I'll shoot you a message right here on THWACK with instructions.


Level 8

@yumdarling Thanks for the prompt reply! No idea where it might have gone. I normally keep a good watch on my spam folder.

Looking forward to your DM.