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thwack Monthly Mission - April 2014

Community Manager

First off, I'd like to thank April Fools for happening when it did.  As you'll notice in the comments, we had a bit of a hang up getting this mission ready to go on the 1st of the month like normal.  That being said, the prank was completely intended but hopefully you all are ready for April's mission now!

This month's mission is significant because not only are we celebrating the 15th anniversary of Engineer's Toolset but more importantly, we're celebrating 15 years of SolarWinds.  Back in 1999, the Yonce brothers were two guys working in an IT department.  Knowing the pain network engineer's suffered due to the available tools (or lack thereof), they ventured out to create a product that was not only easy to deploy and use, but could also diagnose network issues more accurately and efficiently than any other product available at the time.  In addition to the tool itself, their model was to sell directly to the IT Pro.  So, that's what they did...  In their garage, of course.  That's when SolarWinds got its start in the IT management sector with our first product appropriately dubbed The Engineer's Toolset. This product is still available today with several new features coming but also carries the tools which eventually spun into our ever popular Network Performance Monitor and Network Configuration Manager, just to name a few.

So, please join us in celebrating 15 years of SolarWinds and in what better fashion than with a bit of gambling...

April's Mission

Networks, Tools & Wagers is the name of the game.  We'll have 4 categories with 4 trivia questions each that will open over the course of the month.  Hidden in each of the categories is 1 THWACK STACK where you will be able to wager your thwack points.  Answer the question correctly, and your points will increase by your wager.  Answer the question incorrectly and your points will decrease by your wager... womp womp womp.  In addition to the betting of points, if you answer the other 12 "regular" questions correctly, you'll be entered to win a license of Engineer's Toolset PLUS a 32GB Google Nexus 7 (because Engineer's Toolset is all mobile and everything now...).  We'll be picking 5 lucky winners at the end of the month.  Follow the rules below to play.

Mission Rules

  1. There are 4 categories with 4 questions each for 16 questions total.  Below is the release schedule for each of the categories.  Once a category opens, it will remain open until April 30th @ 11:59pm CDT.
    1. April 1st - Engineer's Toolset trivia
    2. April 7th - Old Version Names for Engineer's Toolset
    3. April 14th - Network trivia
    4. April 21st - SolarWinds trivia
  2. Answer ALL "regular" questions correctly and you'll be entered to the drawing.  That's a total of 12 questions (3 per category) answered correctly to be entered to win. THWACK STACK questions do not apply to the prize drawing.
  3. There will be 1 THWACK STACK question in each category.  As mentioned, these questions do not qualify you to be entered to win the prize.  THWACK STACK questions are solely intended for you to either level up (or level down...) in thwack points.
    1. On the question page, you'll see a menu to choose how many points you'd like to wager.  The more confident you are in your answer, the higher I would bet.
    2. Answer the question correctly, your points will increase by your wager.
    3. Answer the question incorrectly, your points will decrease by your wager.
  4. 1 attempt at each question - triple check your answer before submitting!
  5. The drawing for 5 winners of an Engineer's Toolset license* AND 32 GB Google Nexus 7 will be on May 1st.
  6. The point value for each question is revealed in the table below.  Aside from the THWACK STACK questions, you can earn up to 3,000 points this month by correctly answering the questions.  You'll earn well over that amount if you answer the THWACK STACK questions correctly.
  7. Points will be added to profiles at the end of the mission.

Click on the links below to start answering questions!

Engineer's Toolset

Opens April 1

Old Version Names of

Engineer's Toolset

Opens April 7th

Network Trivia

Opens April 14th

SolarWinds Trivia

Opens April 21st

100

100

100

100

200

200

200

200

300

300

300

300

400

400

400

400

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163 Comments

Clearing cookies worked for me. Scary part is I still remember purchasing this set of tools. I wonder if I still have one of those SolarWinds CDs hanging around in my basement at home.

Level 8

When this is all finished, I'd love some explanation of what the correct answer for the 300 point question from the week of 4/7!  I think the question got my head all turned around.

Level 11

Yeah, I got a bit twisted between the answer "A&B only" and "All of the Above".  It can't really be "All of the Above" because that would include the "A&B only" answer.  Oh well.

Level 10

I was conflicted about that also. I missed the wager and lost 750 -_-' didn't take the question serious enough. Round 2 was a lot harder than the 1st one it seems.

MVP
MVP

It was rather tough with the archive site blocked here at work....

A couple of the answers were a little ambiguous too, oh well.

Level 9

Yeah, I agree. The wording on that question is not great.

Level 11

Well, I chose the correct answer.

Level 11

Exactly my conclusion as well. Unless of course both of these answers are wrong, and only one of the first choices are correct.

Old guys like me avtually had those older products so it wasn't too hard - even if some-timers did kick in?

Level 10

this is really intresting

Level 10

Yeah, I missed that one and the 200 point one this week too.  Guess I didn't understand either question correctly.  Oh well, no biggie.

Level 12

oh dear... i missed..

Likewise, especially because the wording of option "C" was a bit challenging...since I assume that archived page isn't the installer, it's a bit challenging for those of us who were too young to install the product to know if that was part of the installer.

Level 13

Maybe it’s just aimed at rewarding the people who have been here longer? An Educated guess will be plenty sufficient

Community Manager
Community Manager

All questions for any mission on thwack go through me before they make it to the public for answering.  I guarantee you there is no trickery (if there ever was, it would be wildly obvious).  These missions are solely intended to spread knowledge about thwack, SolarWinds, how to solve issues with our products, and IT topics in general while having some fun.  I'd like to assure everyone these questions are completely unbiased which is why we post a resource link to every question - so you can answer it even if you don't know the product.

Regarding the 300 question this week, if you go back and look hard enough, you'll notice all 3 answers are present.  Yes, I realize I just let the cat out of the bag but most of your comments above indicate the answer anyway.

Like I stated previously for an old timer like me it was easy. Got all the questions, but then again I actually had the products in those packages.

Besides reading and logic come in handy too!

Level 13

I don’t understand; we have to read the question before answering? Ugh! That Must be what I’ve been doing wrong this whole time!!

MVP
MVP

I like how we all focus on the "one" we missed, and not all of the ones we got right. Good grief. It was funny to remember the days when the installer screen was... different. Definitely wasn't popular with my female coworkers.

Level 10

You completely right Micheal. It seems to be the same  one question we are lamenting about. Maybe we failed it because the hint wasn't detail enough orbecause we are too young to have know what that installer look like.

Level 9

Its true DanielleH... I've gain more knowledge on the products through all of these products marketing missions.

Its kind of Educational Games mission

Level 9

Ah Michael, you remind me of the good old day of Engineer Toolset.  We discuss about “the SolarWinds Engineer” more than the tools.  I don’t think it is the same engineer in the mission.

 

Level 12

Hi Danielle, hope all is well, this reply is unrelated to this section but thougt since I completed all three weeks successfully Let you know that I ordered the SolarWinds jacket (almost two months ago) using my points from store but never received it. Would you please look into it when you get a chance?  Best, Ziba

Level 10

I don't believe the correct answer is present on the 200pt question for week 3. It is either worded wrong, or the figure is taken from the wrong sentence in the hint page.

Level 10

The answer is there. Read between the lines carefully and there you will find the answer.

Level 13

nope, looks good.

Level 12

Me too Danielle... Thanks alot

Level 10

I am reading carefully, which is why the numbers don't match.
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BTW, I still managed to get the question right.

Level 9


I completely agree. This answer (or question) is bogus. The answer would be 20%.

Community Manager
Community Manager

FYI TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:

The 4th and final week of questions, SolarWinds Trivia, will not have hyper-linked hints... All answers can be found with a quick search on Google or thwack.  Good luck and happy hunting!

The drawing for 5 winners will take place on May 1, 2014.

Community Manager
Community Manager

You'll find the answer above the "one-fifth" statement in the blog.  To clarify, the question is asking what percentage of network downtime is caused by IT personnel making errors when configuring changes.  Not the total percentage of network downtime due to core errors.

Level 11

That's going to be a great adventure. I love this month's mission. Educating and interesting.

Level 12

Agreed... Its Educational Games mission!!!

Level 12

Thank you Danielle for fun and educational game! Happy Spring and good luck to all.  I completed all successfully

Level 9

Just to clarify, I guessed this correctly. But I still dispute the answer. The question is "what percentage of network downtime is caused by IT personnel making errors when configuring changes" the answer is "what percent of those surveyed experienced some type of network downtime caused by IT personnel making errors."

For example, if the below responses were given to the survey,

Company NameHave you had downtime due to IT Personnel error?What percentage of your downtime is caused by IT personnel error?
Smith Consulting GroupYes5%
JamesTown ConstructionNo0%
Plural AdjectivesYes33%
Magic PantiesYes2%
AwesomeName WinSauce Inc.Yes11%
Totals:80% said 'yes'10.2% of downtime

Your question is asking for the 10.2%, but the "correct" answer is 80%.

If you want the "correct" answer to be correct, then the question needs to ask "what percent of survey participants experienced downtime caused by IT personnel making errors?" NOT "What percent of network downtime is caused by IT personnel making errors?"

Level 9

DanielleH - once this contest ends, can we get some insight into the 4th week wager question -- Finding the first post (date) of Thwack. I'm sure there was a better way to find it that I did.

thanks!

MVP
MVP

ITT: A bunch of whiners.

Level 13

The answer is actually head-slappingly easy to find.  You don't have to look far and are probably overlooking it

Level 8

While I do agree that there probably was no deliberate trickery, I have to stand by the others that have pointed out that the order of the answers is incorrect. The "A&B Only" would have to be placed under the "All of the above" to make the "All of the above" a correct answer. "All" means all...not three out of four. Wish I would have read all of these comments before I got around to answering the questions.

Level 9

Apple has a new App that will answer the questions for you...  Just kidding.  I had no issues at all.  I normally wait a few or more days before jumping into the deep end though.

Level 12

Ha Ha .....

Level 9

All done. Now I await my name on the list of winners.

Level 13

Tell you what, if you get my name on the list, I’ll do my best to get your name on the list. Sound like a plan?

Level 9

I like the way you think.

Level 13

Lol

Level 10

The points for this mission would be applied after May 1, is that right?  I am only 54 points away from the hoodie and I just won 500 more... I am itching to place the order.

Level 13

Have you commented on all the Geek Speak posts? They can get you some points. There’s also sharing content and things on the Content Exchange. Just commenting on things….

Level 10

rhart-ka I really want the backpack but the hoodie is tempting too. I might not have enough points for it though

Level 10

The 500 I just earned put me over 4000 -- I'm just waiting for the points to show up in my account so I can place the order..

Level 10

Gotta wait a week to place the order, then you will still have a month after the order has been placed for it to get processed and shipped is how it works I think. So it's going to be awhile.