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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
Level 13

Oh, IDK. I earned some 75 points so far today. Your account page only shows that you have earned like two for getting mentioned. I’m not even trying to gain points at the moment. Just go reply to things that are interesting. If you’re waiting on bundles of points for replying to certain points it’s usually a while before those show up.

Level 10

O_o umm... what?

Level 13

What do you mean what?

Level 10

It was about the comment garetht made.

Community Manager
Community Manager

The ordering/shipping process should not take anywhere near this long, with the exception of backpacks.  Once you place your order and finish the email confirmation, your order should be shipped within 48-72 hours from our fulfillment center.  I ship our backpacks myself here in the office so there is a slightly longer wait for those.

Level 13

Ahh, I took the liberty of reporting it. So it is gawn!

Level 10

Ah okay thank you for the clarification on this.

Level 13

I can’t decide what I want to go towards with my points. I’ve got a good bit to use.

Level 13

This mission I like - I have been a fan of SolarWinds since the first toolkit was released.

Level 21

The last wager question took me forever to figure out, then I realized the obvious place to look for it.

Level 10

I've now answered everything, and I got almost everything correct!  Here's hoping I'll win something!

Level 13

Same here! I want that nexus 7! Why does the drawing have to be so far away!?!?

Level 10

Thanks for the opportunity! Really enjoyed going through all these questions!

Level 10

It would be nice to win a prize. Also looking forward to many points added to my account (Baby needs a new Back Pack!)

Level 14

Can't wait to hear who the winners are...

MVP
MVP

I would like to win something for once in my life.

Level 13

I want to win something from Thwack! I haven’t won anything from Thwack! (Yet!)

Community Manager
Community Manager

I'm excited to draw for our winners.  I'm in meetings until this afternoon.  Hang tight!

Level 12

Congratulations dear winners !!!!! kevincrouch4 and ZibaK your wishes came true.... wbrown atreides71 branfarm

Level 12

same here but hopefully, this time will win!!!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Drum roll please...


The 5 winners of a Google Nexus 7 tablet AND an Engineer's Toolset license are ZibaK, atreides71, branfarm, kevincrouch4 and last but not least, wbrown! CONGRATULATIONS!


The May thwack mission will launch on Monday, May 5th and boy do we have something in store for you folks... Keep your eyes peeled!

Level 13

HELL YEAAAHHH!!!!

Level 12

WOW!!! Thanks Danielle for this great NEWSJ I AM FIRST TIME WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS! to All WINNERS!

Level 10

Congrats! :3

Level 11

Congrats Kevin, I guess your wish came true.

Level 11

Congrats ZibaK.

Level 12

Congratulations guys kevincrouch4  ZibaK  wbrown atreides71 branfarm

Level 13

First time winner here too.

My 18-month old is going to enjoy sitting on Daddy's lap and playing with this

Level 13

Thank you Solarwinds!  The Nexus tablet will be cool, but I'm most excited for the Toolset license!  

Level 10

Congratulations guys.

Level 9

Did everyone get their points for this mission?

Level 13

Not yet, it’s being worked on.

Level 11

I think we'll be getting our points next week.

Re: Points were note updated in my account

DanielleHLevel 12

Hari Pala - You can expect the points to show in your account by end of next week.  Unfortunately, this is a manual process so it takes time to gather.  Hang tight.

Thanks,

Danielle

MVP
MVP

"...this is a manual process..."

Sounds like an opportunity to automate!

Level 11

I agree to that.

Community Manager
Community Manager

And who would like to help me out with that?

Level 13

I’m happy to help!

Level 12

I'll help too... DanielleH

Level 10

I'd be glad to help you out with this project!

Community Manager
Community Manager

All points for the April mission have been added to your profiles!  Thanks for playing and don't forget to join us for Expedition DameWare! thwack Monthly Mission - May 2014

Level 10

Hi Danielle. Sorry to be a pest but I don't see them yet.

Had this same issue with the January mission. Seems to be something with my username.

Thanks

Can't wait to order the ThwackPack

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Rob - thanks for letting me know.  We are currently working on a fix for usernames that have a space in them.  Would you mind if I remove the space in your username?  That should eliminate any issues in the future.

Level 10

Not at all. I was wondering how I could change it myself.

Go for it and thanks for all you do. ☺

Community Manager
Community Manager

Done.  Your username is now RobDover.  Please give me until Monday to go back and find your responses to credit the points to your account.  Thanks!

Level 12

Happy Friday! and Thanks Danielle for all hard work! I got my points (and waiting for my prizes

Level 12

Thank you DanielleH. i have received the points for April mission

Level 8

Danielle, I don't think I've received my points. If I have, I don't think I received all my points.

Community Manager
Community Manager

mmac - I show that you did not submit to any of the questions on week 4.

Level 8

Hi Danielle,

I did. I'm sure I did. Maybe it wasn't recorded. I will mail it to you.

Hey DanielleH I think I have the same issue. My username is "tom iannelli" with a space and I didn't see the points for March or April, but I didn't do much in March.