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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

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400

400

400

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163 Comments
Level 11

Nothing yet?

MVP
MVP

Must be an April's Fools Day Joke.

Level 11

Haha, I guess so.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Level 10

Perhaps it's intended so that we as a group get to decide on the mission by posting things we'd like to do and then it's decided by which ever is voted highest?

MVP
MVP

I thought about that, then I remembered what day it was. We all need a good laugh every once in a while, so I thought maybe Daniel was giving us a little laughter in our lives.

Level 11

Danielle, please tell us if this is an April Fool's joke. Though, I'm guessing it is.

Community Manager
Community Manager

April fools!!! Of course we have a mission for April. Unfortunately, the survey platform we use, which is basically the backbone of these missions, experienced a DDoS attack late last week and has been unstable up until yesterday. Fortunately, today was the perfect day to give everyone a laugh. Mission announcement coming - stay tuned!

Level 11

Oh Danielle. This is the second time today I've been played as an April fool.

Community Manager
Community Manager

The mission has officially started folks...

Community Manager
Community Manager

That wasn't the intended purposed but I would LOVE to hear all of your suggestions.

Level 11

Yay!

Level 9

Finally! We have a mission for April

Level 10

I'd like to go All-In with my points please

Community Manager
Community Manager

HA.  Could you imagine?  The thwack store would sell out in no time if we didn't cap the bets.  Not to mention all the angry people getting passed on the leaderboards.

Level 11

Perhaps.  No guts, no glory!

MVP
MVP

There are only a few items in the thwack store I have my eye on so no danger there...  I could get them right now but no rush.  I'm still waiting on my Welcome kit along with most of my team.

Level 13

I'd say a possible total of 9000 points (3000 from drawing questions, 6000 from thwack stack) is plenty for a single month.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Not to be a bummer or anything but max you get earn from thwack stack is 3,000, so 6k for the month.

Level 13

From the T&C:

thwack® Stack Points. There will be ONE question in each category where an entrants may wager 500 or 750 of his/her existing thwack points for each question in each category; this will be called a THWACK STACK QUESTION.  During the Entry Period, there will be a total of FOUR thwack stack questions; one thwack stack question in each category.  Entrant will receive double his/her wager for correctly answering the question


I'm interpreting that as 750*2*4.  Or did I miss something?

Community Manager
Community Manager

The max you can bet is 750 points.  There are only 4 thwack stack questions.  Therefore, 750*4 = 3000.

Level 13

"Entrant will receive double his/her wager..."

Level 13

I think it depends on what you interpret wagering as. If wagering them is determined as "putting them in a pot" for example and you and thwack both put in 750 points. and then if you win that question you get all the points then you essentially gave them 750 and got back double 750.

If you interpret wagering as promising to give them if you're wrong then if you answer the question wrong you would give them your 750 points. If you won you would (it seems per the wording) get an additional 1500 points.

Based on DanielleH's statement, I would guess that they're going based on more of the first mentality. You put your points in the pot with (Metaphorical Thwack user who has all unassigned points) and if you win you get the pot.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hm. Our legal team must have misunderstood.  I will correct.

Level 13

Cool.

6000 or 9000, still plenty of points for a single month.

Level 13

True that!

Level 10

uh, wow. that was meant to be a hamless silly comment.

and ya 6k for one mission is already seriously a lot of points.

Level 10

Speaking of rankings, I just recently hit top 50. Passing Danielle Woot!

Community Manager
Community Manager

*not mission related*

We have a bit of a situation... The next round of the Bracket Battle 2: Gamer Edition is supposed to start in the next few hours.  Problem is we have a tie on one of the brackets: .  Head over and cast your votes if you haven't already! 

Level 8

What have I missed? Oh wow, this is interesting.

Level 11

Error in opening the 2nd set of questions. Am I the only one?

Level 9

DanielleH, Can you check the 2nd set of questions? First i open it just stated "your result..." and second try it stated that "you already completed the survey..." but i didnt answer any question yet...

Level 9

I have the same error it says i've completed the questions?!

Level 9

Same Issue here,  tried the second set and getting the same results, Likewise for third and forth..

Community Manager
Community Manager

This looks to be a lingering issue due to the attack our survey platform experienced a week or so ago.  Information that was inserted was lost but not to worry - I will update everyone when the 2nd category of questions are available. Hang tight and thanks for letting me know.

MVP
MVP

I get I already complete the questions for the week of the 7th. In fact I did not even start them yet.

Level 15

Ditto, same thing.

Level 13

curtisi Kurt H I'm just curious, do you read before you reply? Or do you just click add comment waay at the top?

Same problem for me on questions number 2,3, and 4.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Old Version Names of Engineer's Toolset is now open!  Apologies for the delay.  Good luck this week!

Level 11

Yay, thank you Danielle.

MVP
MVP

Daniel, it still says that I have completed the questions, when I have not.

Level 9

I'm being told that I've already completed this survey...

Level 11

Same here.

Level 13

Kurt H miseri craigcm When you loaded up the page and there were errors it still stored it as you attempting the quiz. Take it from a different machine or open up an (Incognito|InPrivate|Private) Tab/Window and take it from there. It's doing the same this to me and this works as a solution. Or you can clear your cookies for the last day or so

Level 11

Thanks kevincrouch4

Level 11

It works Kevin, thanks.

Level 9

Thnx Kevin..  used a different browser and that worked...

Community Manager
Community Manager

Sorry, running between meetings.  I created new URLs so you shouldn't have to switch between browsers now...

MVP
MVP

Thanks.

About the Author
I've been in IT for almost 30 years beginning in the stockroom and working my way up through operations to help build and develop the Automated Operations Team at Radioshack before Enterprise Management was a cool thing. Working in several different shops over the years has exposed me to a number of different challenges regarding monitoring and alerting. I am a amateur radio operator, Skywarn spotter for the National Weather Service, and a volunteer firefighter in a rural county just West of Fort Worth.