SolarWinds “Tales From the Trenches” System Administrator Appreciation Day Contest

SolarWinds has announced their “Tales from the Trenches” System Administrator Appreciation Day contest. It has been launched in honor of the 13th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day started by Ted Kekatos. System Administrator Appreciation Day is July 27th this year, for those not in-the-know.

This latest SolarWinds contest is pretty simple. Share a “trench-born tale” about your job as a systems administrator and a hand selected panel of Systems Administrators will cluck over it like mother hens with codependency issues. You will have until July 27th 2012 to submit your tale. Once the judges have determined a winner, the prize for the best tale will be an iPad, a ThinkGeek gift card or an original piece of artwork depicting the winner’s story!

But just who are these SysAdmin judges who will be scrutinizing the hopefully-not-too-tall tales? They are:

Oh but there’s more! The SolarWinds Thwack community will vote on the best tales as well. The top four community-voted tales will each receive a $50 gift card to ThinkGeek.

Some Rules of Note

There are some rules that readers of my blog should note. In fact, make sure to read the entire official rules page just to be safe. One of the rules which might be a disappointment to many of you (since my audience is rather international) reads thusly:

The SolarWinds ‘Tales from the Trenches’ System Administrator Appreciation Day Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older.

So USA tale-tellers only. Sad International Panda.

Let’s move on to some of the other rules that seem to be of special importance (note that this is not a full list of the rules. Makes sure to check out the official rules page or don’t say I didn’t warn you!). Of course, be punctual, like all good SysAdmins are!

The Contest will commence on 6:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, and an Entrant must enter by posting a comment in the appropriate thread on thwack® community forum prior to 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, July 27, 2012 (“Entry Period”).  Entrants submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible for the Contest.

Also, you’ll need to sign up on Thwack:

Entrants must have a thwack account and must submit their best original story about their experiences “in the trenches” as a SysAdmin on thwack during the Entry Period. Entries should be 500 words or less and should include a subject line..  By submitting the completed survey, you will receive one (1) entry into the Contest.

Tactfully Tell Your Tale of Torturously Tortuous Technology Trials

Crack open your text editor of choice, start putting your terror-tinged tales into words and submit your story here. At worst you’ll experience the catharsis of sharing your woes, at best you’ll be richer some cool prizes. Share the news with some of the social media icons on my blog and let’s get together for some group session therapy. It’s okay to cry. No one will judge.


  1. Susan B

    June 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I’m wondering if the subject should have the word “Contest” in it instead of “Content” like you quoted.


    • Wesley David

      June 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Yeah, I think that was a typo, however since its in their official rules I’ll let them be the ones to change it first before I edit the post. =)


  2. Jodi

    June 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Hi guys – Sometimes lawyers make things more confusing than they need to be. Wesley: The line should be edited to say: “Entries should be 500 words or less and should include a subject line.” I’ll make sure we edit the official rules to omit that extra word.


    • Wesley David

      June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Jodi! I’ve fixed it now. =)


  3. Biggles77

    July 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Wes, I’ll slip you $50 if you pick my story. It will be the one with the $$$ signs at the start and find. We’ll keep this just between ourselves so nobody else will know, ok.


    • Wesley David

      July 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

      It will be our little secret…


  4. Biggles77

    July 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Oh yes, I Thought The Torturously Titled Theme was Timelessly Terrible, Thanks Tremendously Thoughtful Tautological Tech-man. 🙂


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