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thwack Monthly Mission - February 2014

Community Manager

Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER of an HD Projector AND a 6-month subscription to Netflix is... xbod! Congratulations!

We also have 3 runner-ups who are the winners of a 6-month Netflix subscription.  Congratulations to dbucks01, syldra, and lwpeters!

There's lot of things that come to mind for the month of February... Goundhog Day, a couple President's birthdays, Clean Out Your Computer Day (yes, it's a real thing, February 8th, mark your calendars).  But when most people think of February, they probably think of Valentines Day and this month we're spreading the love for our DBAs!  Several months ago, Confio Ignite became part of the SolarWinds family and today we're happy to announce Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) now has a home on thwack.  So, whether you're a seasoned DBA but you're new to thwack or you're a seasoned thwack user but you're new to database management, this month will serve as the meeting point for all.

February's Mission

Meet The Database Monsters! There are 7 monsters and each has their own 3-question quiz for you to answer.  If you can successfully get through at least 5 of the monster quizzes, you'll be entered to win 1 or 3 Netflix 6-month subscriptions.  If you defeat all 7 monsters, you'll be entered to win our grand prize: a HD Projector + Netflix 6-month subscription.

Mission Rules

  1. All 7 quizzes will open on February 3rd and remain open until February 28th.
  2. Only your first attempt on each quiz will count. Be sure to triple check your answers before hitting submit!
  3. Score 100% on all 7 quizzes and you will be entered to our grand prize drawing: HD projector + Netflix subscription.
  4. Score 100% on 5 or more quizzes and you will be entered to win 1 of 3 Netflix subscriptions.
  5. For each correctly answered quiz, you will receive:
    1. 400 points (x 7 quizzes means you can earn a maximum of 2800 points this month)
    2. The monster badge for that quiz
    3. *Both the points and badges will be applied to your profile once the mission has closed*
  6. The drawings will be held on March 3rd.
  7. Terms & Conditions for US, UK, Canada, and Germany are attached to this blog.

Click on a monster to get started!

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  <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1524902/Performance-Hog" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_Hog_RGB_web.jpg" title="Performance Hog" alt="Performance Hog" ></a>

      </td>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1525120/Virtual-Vandal" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_Vandal_RGB_web.jpg" title="Virtual Vandal" alt="Virtual Vandal"></a>

      </td>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1526004/Time-Sucka" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_TimeSucka_RGB_web.jpg" title="Time Sucka'" alt="Time-Sucka'"></a>

      </td></center></tr>

    <tr><center>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1526035/48439bcd2fe4" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_Blocker_RGB_web.jpg" title="Query Blocker"alt="Query Blocker"></a>

      </td>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1525093/Blame-o-Saurus" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_Blame_RGB_web.jpg" title="Blame-o-Saurus" alt="Blame-o-Saurus"></a>

      </td>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1526060/11b8df4c4904" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_DevOps_RGB_web.jpg" title="DevObstacle" alt="DevObstacle"></a>

      </td>

      <td>

      <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1526077/SE-Feature-Leacher" target="_blank" ><img src="/themes/thwack/images/DPA_monsters/Confio_Monster_FeatureLeecher_RGB_web.jpg" title="SE Feature Leecher" alt="SE Feature Leecher"></a>

      </td>

  </center></tr>

</table>

82 Comments
tspwayne
Level 11

Query blocker already complete

justinm
Level 9

Not sure what I did wrong for Query Blocker. I'm pretty sure I haven't forgotten how to count...

bsnickle
Level 10

justinm..... agreed..... I annotated each mouse click on paper.... I too got it wrong too, even with the number of clicks I made written on a piece of paper....hmmmmm....... 

Jfrazier
Level 18

The question I have is, is it the count to see the blocking tab or the count to actually be on that tab ?  The question is somewhat ambigious...

thornleyp
Level 8

Getting this one wrong does not bode well for the remaining 6 Monsters

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

I'm going to lock the Query Blocker quiz until I hear back from the question master.  I will have an update soon.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

I just spoke with the DPA team. They are going to sort this out within the hour as we realize the question needs clarification.

If you already submitted with the "wrong" answer, you will be able to re-submit for the Query Blocker quiz due to the issues with question 3.  If you submitted already and scored 100%, you do not need to re-submit.

bsnickle
Level 10

Thanks Danielle!!

kurtrh
Level 13

Daniel,

I tried to the DevObstacal one. I completed it and when I click submit, I get no results.See below.

Your Results:


mstraughan
Level 10

i just had the same issue

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Please go back and try again with this link: DevObstacle

mstraughan
Level 10

worked that time thanks DanielleH

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

The answers for question 3 on Query Blocker have been revised.  If you answered incorrectly due to our error, please go back and submit again: Query Blocker.  Those of you who answered correctly the first time despite our error, you do not need to resubmit.

Thanks, everyone for bringing these issues to my attention.  I do apologize for the errors.  As much as I would love QA for these things, it's usually left for me to figure out.  You guys are awesome!

Jfrazier
Level 18

Thanks Danielle...  it is still showing locked.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

For this URL? Query Blocker

Nothing should be locked.  Can you try again?

Jfrazier
Level 18

now it works...

Thanks Danielle !

miseri_cheat_
Level 11

Do I get 400 points for each question or do I get the 400 points x 7 questions if I answer all the questions correctly?

Jfrazier
Level 18

I believe it is 400 pts x 7 questions if all are answered correctly.

miseri_cheat_
Level 11

Okay, thanks Jfrazier.

syldra
Level 12

Ahhhhh... too fast on the Blame-O-Saurus and missed one... 6/7, no projector for me...

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

It is 400 points x 7 quizzes.  For a total maximum of 2800 points this month.

Jfrazier
Level 18

I'm in the same boat...4 hours of sleep and I got leeched.

miseri_cheat_
Level 11

Okay, thanks Danielle.

tspwayne
Level 11

I have failed, boo hoo, as got one wrong in Blame-o-saurus and the started to get even more wrong on others, so that is me out of the draw altogether, but have completed all to get as many points and badges as I can, did miserably on it. Bad day not awake

u1976turn
Level 9

6/7 here also ... no projector, but still great information, fun and many points!

kevincrouch4
Level 13

So far, I've completed two and points from neither are showing up yet, is this normal?

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Both the points and badges will be applied to your profile once the mission has closed.

kevincrouch4
Level 13

Ahh okay, so there wont be anything immediate, but it should reflect at close.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Exactly.

kevincrouch4
Level 13

Dont forget the live Demo for those Clicks questions! http://database-sql.demo.solarwinds.com/

flobb
Level 10

7/7 woot!

grantallenby
Level 13

DanielleH It looks like the SE Feature Leacher is locked for my account "grantallenby" can you see if you can unlock it as I havent submitted anything yet?

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

grantallenby - I just sent you a message.

hollisfrost
Level 8

Danielle,

Check out What kind of NAS does Storage Manager support?

Humble me with your wisdom as you normally do, Thanks.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

I will see that your question gets addressed.  However, please keep all commentary on this blog focused on the topic at hand.  Product-specific issues/questions will be answered in the product forum.

jwilson2013
Level 12

Joining the crowd. Got tripped up by the blame'o'saurus as well. 6/7.  I'm MOSTLY over it.

bsnickle
Level 10

The blame-o got me, too... should have been called the Blam-O... seems like he got a lot of people.

flobb
Level 10

This thread is pretty dead compared to earlier missions. I wonder if everyone is done already, or just waiting til the last minute.

kevincrouch4
Level 13

I bet both. You're either a procrastinator or not. All the procrastinators havent done it(unless it means they're procrastinating from their job ), and all the (not procrastinators?) have done it. Thats my bet.

justinm
Level 9

I bet that as people lost their chance at the grand prize, they just did what they could with the rest of the quizzes (or just bowed out) and stopped participating here.

oiram
Level 12

I think giving the right answer on submission is not quite good idea

shuth
Level 14

I did them all in the first few days. Occasionally pop back into the thread to see what (if any) discussion is happening.

kevincrouch4
Level 13

You should tell that to google and the search bar on thwack and the links they provide for research

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Tomorrow is the last day to get your submissions in!  We'll draw for our winners on Monday, March 3rd.  Good luck everyone!

ssadlocha
Level 12

I have been dealing with crisis after crisis at work over the last few weeks, pulling very long hours with little time for anything else. Finally got around to trying these today to give them a go, so I guess I am a procrastinator. Probably shouldn't have tried doing this on very little sleep though. I bombed out on the first one by not realizing there were two answers that were very similar in wording. Dropping the first one, and also having YouTube blocked again so I can't watch the videos on my PC,coupled with very little time, means that I then attempted to guess my way through a lot. Not so good. When I flopped on 3 and 4, it removed all motivation to even continue. Maybe next month I can do better.

Good luck to all those that are still in the running!

flobb
Level 10

Drawing winners today?

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

I am gathering all of the entries and getting them sorted for points and the drawing. I will be drawing our winners first thing in the morning! Stay tuned.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Update - I am still working through the spreadsheet to make sure everyone gets credit where due.  The survey platform had some issues with exporting the rest of the submissions this morning so I'm a tad behind because of this.  I promise I haven't forgotten and will be announcing our winners shortly.  Thank you for your patience everyone.

In the meantime, make sure to check out the thwack Monthly Mission - March 2014!

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi everyone and thank you for your patience.  I know you all are very eager for the winners announcement at the beginning of the month.  So, without further delay...

Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER of an HD Projector AND a 6-month subscription to Netflix is... xbod! Congratulations!


We also have 3 runner-ups who are the winners of a 6-month Netflix subscription.  Congratulations to dbucks01, syldra, and lwpeters!


Thank you to all of you who participated this past month.  We're giving away 3 Southwest Airlines gift cards for the thwack Monthly Mission - March 2014... don't miss out!

Jfrazier
Level 18

Good News.

Congrats to @Xbod , dbucks01, syldra, and lwpeters !!