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thwack Monthly Mission - December 2015

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In a database server room far far away…

Turmoil has engulfed your IT environment, thrusting your database into an epic period of unrest—and not just because you’ve been awake for the past 36 hours. Imperial forces have seized control of your critical IT components (servers, applications, database, the coffee machine, etc.), and are threatening to unleash a catastrophic chain of events. We’re talking expensive queries, database bottlenecks, and wait time for dayz…. A quick resolution is your only hope. Right now this scenario could very well be standing in your way of being seated with popcorn in hand when the opening crawl for Episode VII starts to roll.


December Mission

It’s time for The Return of the DBA!  Defeat the performance slowing empire & put some fun back into your IT admin day, with this month’s thwack mission!  In order to qualify for the weekly and grand prizes, you must correctly answer all questions.  Those who can complete this mission without missing any questions will earn 150 points per question and be entered to win the weekly and grand prizes.  See below for the mission rules.

Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 30.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until December 20 @ 11:59pm CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Only your first attempt at answering a question counts. Double check your answers!
  4. Correctly answer all 5 questions within a given week and be entered to win weekly prizes.
  5. Correctly answer all 15 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize package‌!
  6. 150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question.  There are 15 questions which means you can earn a maximum of 2,250 points for this mission.
    • ***Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed***


Weekly Prizes






Week 1: Complete Star Wars Blu-Ray Set + Chewbacca Robe

Complete questions 1-5 by December 6 to be entered to win

Nov 30 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Week 2: Destroyer Bluetooth Speaker + $100 iTunes gift card

Complete questions 6-10 by December 13 to be entered to win

Dec 7 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Week 3: PS4 Limited Edition Star Wars Bundle

Complete questions 11 - 15 by December 20 to be entered to win

Dec 14 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15

Correctly answer all 15 questions before December 20th @ 11:59PM CST and be entered to win the grand prize!

HP Star Wars Special Edition Laptop


Yes a new mission, thank you oh great Thwack masters.   I feel normal again....



Level 13

I've been itching to earn some points since last week May the force be with you all this Monthly Mission!

Level 9

just a heads up the link for the grand prize this month is missing the : after http

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Community Manager

Fixed thanks!

Level 9

Ok, is the prize for week 1 a DVD set or Blu-ray?  The description says DVD, but it links to the Blu-ray.  Besides, who does DVD anymore?


DVD?  Not Blu-Ray?!  Of course the real question might be, who doesn't already own a set!!      Of course the DVD set could be a present for someone else, and the robe is very cool!!

Level 9

looks like the link goes to a blu-ray, might be a typo.. either way neat prizes! 

Level 14

Old Jedi ready for mission.

"Do or do not... There is no try!"

Level 12

LOL, love the points t-shirt!

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Community Manager

I think maria.bungau‌ needs that t-shirt stat.

Level 11

I would rather let the system crash than miss the theater premier! After all, that's what backups are for!

Level 11


Bwahahahahaha!!!!! maria.bungauDanielleH

Level 11

Oh, Return of the DBA it is, yes! Participate I will!

Level 8

Sounds fun. Let's see how this network guy does.

You were kind.  I've been half-expecting someone to create that shirt, but caption it with "Weeks after the Mission closes . . ."

I wonder how many time maria.bungau‌ and DanielleH‌ will still have to answer the question.

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Community Manager

Taking bets?

Level 11

Let's run a pool then. 2,000 Thwack Store Points to the closest without going over. In the event of a tie, first one to post their answer wins.

I say four times.

Level 10

I've been on the Kessel Run and totally distracted.  I feel late to this meeting! lol

Level 10

Geek normal anyway . . .

Level 12

"Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the Chewbacca Robe”

I am setting the Over Under at 7

Level 10


"When gone am I, the last of the DBA's will you be!"

Level 12

Now this is a prize I'd like - but yet again, International players miss out.

You leave me no choice but the Dark Side...


Level 8

Uganda Oyyeee I am Ready for the Return of the DBA

Level 8

Why no International Prizes ?

Please consider next time around ...

South Africa is also a place, a Country, with real people, with real feelings ...sob!!!

Never heard of it

Level 20

This is great!  Love the theme this month!!!  The Death Star disk or database thing was pretty funny.


Level 13

This hurts. Prize pool I want. In country of residence wrong I am.

Level 10

Use the Force.jpg

How do you drive a fanboy/fangirl crazy?

Level 11


Level 9

I'm just curious, living in a tech age and being techies, why maria.bungau‌ and DanielleH‌ still have to manually enter points for us lowly users.  Seems very 90's to me. Three quarters of our lives are automated now. Unless it's job security, then I'm sorry I brought it up...carry on, nothing to see here...

Prevention of bot-based point-spamming, I'd imagine.

Level 9

It's a sad world when we can't trust our fellow nerds...

MVP you've done it.  We are Geeks, nerds are a different class.

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Level 13

Well the question has somewhat complex answer; however, let me try to explain. These types of activities, i.e. missions, contests, etc. that we are doing aren't technically OOB so our gamification software can't automatically award the points. The software is designed to have missions set up with one action. Since our contests and missions are much more robust than that, we have to set them up up manually, which ultimately means we have royally confused the crap out of our gamification system.

A long time ago patrick.hubbard‌ was a god-send when he developed a way for Maria and Danielle to collect all the information at the end of the month and assign points to each user in a bulk-like fashion. (You have no idea how amazing that was for Danielle because prior to that, she was literally doing each individual by one!)

We definitely know the time has come that we need to add onto what Patrick developed and get it automated with our gamification software; it's definitely on the roadmap, but with everything it requires budget and resources. I know this is a major pain point for both Danielle and Maria, so I will try to get this done for them as soon as budget and time allows....and of course, I will make sure to prevent spammers and bots from being able to "beat the system". Hope that helps add some color around the very tedious task that our amazing CM's go through each month! 🙂

Level 9

It explains much, and I just wanted to say that I wasn't complaining in any way. I think the work Maria and Danielle do is above and beyond, and we are all greatly indebted to them for it. It makes this community that much more fun and entertaining, and keeps me coming back from day to day. Thanks again Ladies. Beers on me next year at Cisco Live if you are there.

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Community Manager

...that and let's be honest. Here at SolarWinds we don't like anything OOTB (hence Content Exchange‌).

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Community Manager

Totally giving you a hard time.  But I will hold you to those beers at CLUS next year.

Free boat ride on the Duluth harbor for you & Danielle and Maria (weather permitting) for all your work--when the next SWUG meeting is in Duluth, MN!


Level 10


Think of it as trust-but-verify..

Level 12


Доверяй, но проверяй!

Level 16

Free beer, free boat rides. This is life!


Level 9

Todays question has no radio buttons to select the answer? Is this a trap?

Level 10

It's a TRAP!