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thwack Monthly Mission - July 2015: Happy SysAdmin Day!

Community Manager

SysAdmin Day is coming up, but we think you deserve more than one day of recognition. That’s why we’re commemorating the occasion for a full month. After you’ve marched in the parade, posed for a statue, and had brownies and ice cream in the break room, join us for a fun game of SysAdmin Squares! That’s right, it’s Hollywood Squares Bingo style, using events, experiences, and scenarios that you as a SysAdmin come across every day. You haven’t played Bingo until you’ve played it the SysAdmin Squares way. Here is your chance to win points and prizes for dealing with password resets, server outages, and Bob in marketing. Look back and laugh at what you achieve every day throughout the year.

In traditional bingo you wait to hear letter/number combinations to mark your card until someone yells “Bingo,” and then you fling your game card across the room because you haven’t had a bingo since the fourth grade. With SysAdmin Squares you earn your daily square just by participating and adding a little fun to your day. Mark your squares by choosing an option from an assortment of questions, clues, adventure stories, and more.

July Mission

Each week we'll have a combination of questions/activities that all you will complete in order to earn your daily square. After completing all 5 of the week’s activities, you will earn a Bingo, which enters you to win the weekly prize. Those of you who earn a "blackout" by completing all the squares will be entered to win the grand prize. Download your game card attached to this blog post, and let’s play!

Mission Rules:

  1. One question or activity will open everyday (Monday through Friday) starting on July 6th.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until August 2nd @ 11:59PM CDT.
  3. You must correctly answer or complete each daily question within a given week to be entered to win the weekly prize.
    • For example, correctly answer all 5 questions during week 1 (July 6th - July 12th) and your name will be in the week 1 drawing which will be announced on July 13th.
  4. Correctly answer and complete all 20 daily questions and activities before August 2nd @ 11:59PM CDT and you will be entered to win the grand prize!
  5. 150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question or activity competed.  This means you can earn up to 3,000 points over the course of the mission.
    • Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed.
  6. Weekly prize drawings will be held on the dates indicated below.
  7. Grand prize drawing for the Nvidia Sheild Pro‌ + Video Gaming Chair will be held on August 3rd!
  8. Terms & Conditions attached below.

Click here to download the SysAdmin Squares playing card!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!                                                                                            

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Weekly Prizes

Grand Prize: Nvidia Sheild Pro+ Video Gaming Chair

133 Comments
d09h
Level 16

I love these prizes.  Much better than usual.

calibretto23
Level 8

Lets hope I'm lucky this time around!

gladis
Level 9

I agree....ohh gamestop!!

vjerez4129
Level 13

mhmm gotta be on top of my game for week 2! but i wouldn't mind just getting points so I can get SolarWinds swagg I can always go to gamestop or buy anything on the prizes, but those Thwack Points - Priceless. xD

wabbott
Level 15

If you're feeling like an over achiever, you can get a jump on week 2 by signing up for the live demo! [Live Demo] How to monitor your Application Stack like a Boss

*An alternative activity will be provided if you are not able to attend, however, attending will earn you an additional 250 thwack points!!

vjerez4129
Level 13

A Steam gift card would be really nice :3

gladis
Level 9

holy wow... the 7th was easy and hit home too hard with the "power" end user....

pzjones
Level 9

Excuse my ignorance but me and math don't even come close to getting along so there was no way I could get question 1 correct unless I got very lucky.. The blog says email will be offline for 3 - 6.5 hours so how can the answer be 7?

vjerez4129
Level 13

well you would take the cost of how much the dude is getting payed then divide that into the cost of the job itself and i believe it ended up being exactly 7

tigger2
Level 13

Ha, that's random:

"If a potential winner is a legal resident of Canada, he/she will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill question."

I feel, to be fair, if an American wins something similarly bizarre should be required.  Maybe write a 3 page (minimum) essay definitively determining which BBQ is the best, or perform a skit involving juggling.  An American *could* just be required to answer a mathematical skill question as well but I feel like...like Canada already has dibs on that.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Isn't that weird? Per Canadian law, I have to ask a mathematical question to any Canadian resident who wins a prize.  If they answer wrong, I have to choose another winner.

tigger2
Level 13

It really is weird. I can only assume they once elected someone who was a Monty Python fan.  I'd bet this was added to all sorts of things, like getting a fishing license or a legal way to get out of speeding tickets.

Yeah I got it wrong because I thought they were calling in the emergency maintenance, and the cost would be associated to how long it would take to replace the drive and do the restore from backup. Completely spaced the that they gave you the cost of it and you need to figure out how long it took them to fix it. Put myself out on the very first questions haha.

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

You can still qualify for the weekly prizes and points, though!

jwilson2013
Level 12

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? (in math terms, of course)

Why 42 of course!

vjerez4129
Level 13

depends, african or european?

maria.bungau
Level 16

Hey guys,

Just a small update: we are extending the deadline for the first week of the mission until tomorrow, so that everyone has a chance to share their horror SysAdmin stories. I'll be announcing the winners tomorrow.

robertcbrowning
Level 14

Monday 13th
Isn't weird how you read what you expect to be written, not what is actually written

curtisi
Level 15

SHIELD =/= SHEILD.  I before E!

wabbott
Level 15

***Reminder***

You can earn one of this week's squares by signing up for a live demo (Friday @ 1 PM CT)! [Live Demo] How to Reduce MTTR Like a Boss

*An alternative activity will be provided if you are not able to attend, however, attending will earn you an additional 250 thwack points!

cisherwood
Level 10

I think today's answer is wrong

vjerez4129
Level 13

Does that mean if you so happened to do the demo and answer the question you could in theory earn 400 points in one day O.o ?

maria.bungau
Level 16

BINGO! We have our first winner. The $100 GameStop card goes to ... novasamurai‌. Congrats!

maria.bungau
Level 16

Sent you a DM.

mcam
Level 14

congratulations novasamurai‌ !

There have been a great set of challenges these past few months - you guys are on a roll

novasamurai
Level 12

Very cool, good luck everyone. Yeah these challenges are lots of fun, and learning a lot about Solarwinds products at the same time. Also getting to meet great SysAdmins out there tackling similar IT issues.

Jfrazier
Level 18

Congrats to novasamurai‌ !!

shuth
Level 14

As feedback, I'm not a huge fan of incentives like points for the live demos as the time zone usually makes it impractical for your APAC users.

wabbott
Level 15

I appreciate the feedback, Steven!

You will still be able to earn Friday's square by completing the alternative activity, but I appreciate the reminder about other regions.

wabbott
Level 15

***Reminder & heads up for Friday's Square***

You can earn Friday's square by signing up for this live demo>> [Live Demo] How to Reduce MTTR Like a Boss

*An alternative activity will be provided if you are not able to attend, however, attending gives you a chance to earn +250 bonus thwack points!

maggie
Level 9

Ugh I keep getting one wrong in a week .. grr.

vjerez4129
Level 13

I totally sympathize, its especially annoying when you get to the last letter and mess up >.>

jwilson2013
Level 12

Last week, I knew the Friday answer they wanted but I reeeeeally wanted to pick the snarky answer.  So I did.  It cost me a few points and a chance for a prize.  It is what it is.

vjerez4129
Level 13

I ended up doing the same thing, I couldn't pass it up

maggie
Level 9

Hahaha!! I was really tempted too.

maria.bungau
Level 16

Guys, don't miss the chance to learn today how to reduce mttr like a boss .

For those of you who won't be able to attend the live demo, we'll share another activity later today.

zackm
Level 15

Signed up and never got the invite

c'est la vie

ScottRich
Level 12

signed up but couldn't get in. the page just says "this event already started".

ChrystalT
Level 13

Same for me   was even added to my calendar but no link.

pstraa
Level 8

Just logged into thwack for the first time today. I Registered for the event, but it looks like I missed it. Am I out of luck?

mcam
Level 14

did the title of the demo change -  I ended up on one that was called "Troubeshooting Performance Issues Across the Application Stack"

matt8
Level 10

Don't see another activity yet...unfortunately could not attend the 1pm webinar...

maria.bungau
Level 16

It's there, in the square for Friday question.

billyjbryant
Level 10

When is last week's winner going to be announced?

Dawg
Level 9

I am really enjoying the Monthly game this time around. Keep up the good work!

Steven.Mitchell
Level 9

I RSVP'd for the live demo about a week before, then again twice on the 17th (once prior to the start time and a second time after the start time).  I never received the invite to the meeting until today (Monday, 7/20/2015). Hope these issues are worked out in the future, kind of dissapointed I couldn't attend.

superfly99
Level 17

Been away on holidays and I'm just catching up to all the questions. Cool prizes! Hopefully one day I'll be eligible to win one

Today's question seemed like a trick to me. In the hint I was able to find the section that I needed to but the correct answer for the question is listed as one of the things you can monitor as well.Maybe I missed something I guess.

mcam
Level 14

I think I must be missing something on the todays. It asks for which one isn't a key metric, but they all are?
Obviously I am coffee deprived this morning