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Thwack! Now I get it.

Level 15

Why did we call the site thwack and not something more unimaginative like, The SolarWinds Community? Because the last thing we are is, unimaginative.

Onomatopoeia

If you've been on this site, even for a brief moment, you've noticed a bunch of cartoon characters lurking about. These characters have networking and application monitoring problems that need solving. On thwack, we do our best to solve those problems. Hence the name, thwack. Thwack is the sound a cartoon character would make if he were to slap his forehead as if to say, "Now I get it! Problem solved!" (Similar to the "Blamo!" that would splash on the TV when Batman hit The Joker on the original Batman TV series, circa 1970.)

Don't let the Cartoons fool ya!

Don't you dare. Everyone in this community and here at SolarWinds is at the top of their game, despite our playful appearance. I cannot imagine a collection of people who know more about networking and application monitoring than this bunch. Don't believe me? See for yourself. Check out other software communities and see how they stack up, then ask yourself this:

  • Was my question even noticed, let alone answered?
  • Was the answer correct?
  • Do they even care about me?

Yeah, we care. A lot of us hang out here on thwack on our off time, and not because we have to...it's just fun.

Cartoonify yourself

Want to know how to create those cool characters we come up with? Simple, there's an app for that. A lot of us around here follow South Park and The Simpsons so I've provided links to those two cartoonification sites below. Feel free to venture beyond the characters of these two shows though. Be yourself, within reason.

Get the most out of thwack.

Here are some tips to help you solve your networking and application monitoring issues faster using thwack:

  • Search - Most likely your question has come up before. Try the Search bar at the top-right of every page.
  • Explore - There are a ton of forums here. Poke around and see what you can find. Remember to ask your question in the right forum. Not all of our forums are dedicated to our products.  We have a lot of talk around general IT topics.
  • Follow - Follow a specific forum and receive email notifications. You'll be surprised at what you can learn and at what you don't know.
  • Participate - The more you do, the more points you earn. Check out the missions page and the point system page so you can learn to earn. More points equals more goodies for you from the thwack store.
  • Learn - Check out DocWhite's earlier post about the evolution of social networking and online communities, including thwack.
18 Comments
Level 15

And if you have been around a long while you will remember when the site looked like the 60's batman show. 

Level 15

And don't forget the Thwack remote! Thwack Remote v2.0

Level 11

Just to let you know Bronx the Springfield link for cartoonify yourself doesn't work anymore and the South Park one is only available in US

Level 15

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The new season of Hell's Kitchen gets the idea

Level 15

Must be nice to have satellite. I'm stuck with awful cable.

Level 15

LOL I snapped that during the premiere and sent it to Danielle & Kellie stating it was great product placement .

And FYI my cable company brags on how great they are...I would never switch from my DTV.

Level 15

The real question is why are you watching a cooking competition???

Level 15

Hahaha.  What can I say I like that Ramsay is a blunt XXXXX (Censoring myself)....lol.  Reminds me of me

Level 12

I agree he is very blunt. Do you cook like Ramsay as well? I like the way he makes them try to get it right all the time. lol.

Level 15

I've never seen a book titled, "Great Chefs of England."

Level 12

Bronx have you googled this "Great Chefs of England" ?

Level 15

Nope, just never heard of it, that's all.

Level 17

There's a reason they go to France to learn how to cook.

Level 17

Cartoons and Remotes! My Friday is complete.

Level 15

Geez if work hadn't gotten in the way on Friday, I too would have liked the cartoons and remotes! 

Boo, South Park avatar builder isn't available in the UK

Level 17

lol....i think that has something to do with Tony Blair.

Level 15

This post should be part of the "You don't know Thwack!" for the newbies to get an idea of what is happening here!

About the Author
Who am I? • I met Robert Frost at the end of the road less traveled, and then pointed him in the right direction. • Einstein asked me to define "Up," and I did. • I cliff dive from airplanes. • On Christmas, Santa comes to me for gifts. • I play three-cushion billiards with one hand. • Lions ask for my protection (I speak Lion). • Bobby Fischer and I came to a stalemate while playing chess. • I have literally given a woman the shirt off of my back. • I have also helped an old lady cross the street. • I know what a dangling participle is. • Mozart bequeathed his Requiem to me, and I corrected it. • I was thrown out of an Eric Clapton concert twice in the same night for drawing too much attention to myself. • I am a verbose minimalist. • I am Bronx. Who are you?