50 Things Every Geek Should Know
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  1. Rob
    August 16, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I consider myself a geek. But (even if I'm a little generous) I only got about 13-14 questions right. I'm not offended. I think everyone deserves a little geek cred just for taking this test. That's geeky. But a true geek would get many of these right. I'm a moderate geek. I know a fair bit about Star Wars, but forgot the distinction between AT-AT and AT-ST. I also read Dune, but couldn't quite recall the words; "Fear is the mind killer"... something like that. I remember it more from The Simpsons than Dune. But the test is good. Some questions are a little extreme, but geekiness is often about learning deeply... mainstreamers would say far too deeply... about seemingly trivial shit.

  2. CaySedai
    August 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

    As I said, not including Peter Capaldi or John Hurt, there have been 12 (whether you want to say have been the Doctor or actors who have played the doctor, I don't care).

  3. DA
    August 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    So, I went back to count and only got 16. For some I only counted if I have actually done them before. I read just yesterday about the hiding images in a JPEG but was too lazy to try it. I have hidden an image in a sound file before though. I did count things I know because of friends even if I'm not in the fandom. I do not wear thick rimmed glasses, just regular glasses and they are prescription not for fashion. I wish there were 50 questions per section and you choose the ones you most identify with. I don't really like such broad tests. I would probably take Computers and Technology, and Internet. I have no desire for some of the things in each of those: jailbreak an iPhone as I don't own one, 1337 5p34k, or build a fighting robot.

  4. Zach
    August 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    You used to be a leet geek but then you took an arrow to the knee." No. No no no no no.

  5. knight bishop
    August 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    how about chess? just i miss something? knight's tour not found on any wiki's? BOOMMM!!!

  6. Ignacio C
    August 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Let's see... who knows who the Kwisatz Haderach is? whithout looking for it, no cheating! I recognized it right away :)

  7. Jamie Boo
    August 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    AND to read your daily Finland news at http://www.finnbay.com

  8. Guy M
    August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I thought that was fun. Got about 40 of them. It'd be really cool if each section linked to the answer.

  9. Saikat Basu
    August 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

    1. Know how to calmly stare at the BSOD.
    2. Know how to make a Live CD.
    3. Know MS Excel like the back of your hand!

    • Kalin
      August 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Correction for #3: Know spreadsheet software like the back of your hand.

      • Saikat B
        August 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

        Just Excel will do for me, thank you :)

  10. Shinichi O
    August 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    this one is for geeky fun. i can smell it.

  11. Melroy D
    August 13, 2013 at 4:07 am

    IMO Geek is a relative term. you could easily be more geeky then your friend and still fall short of the next person's geek level.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

      If that happens, you'll know it's time to level up ;)

  12. Starria T
    August 13, 2013 at 3:51 am

    ...some are you are taking this far more serious than necessary. It's a joke quiz no more serious than the ones on Quizilla [or more recently that cupid site thingy] that you can 'find out the ColOr of ur soul!'. That said, I have more or less failed this quiz. I am more or less a anime/manga geek, not a conventional one. My otaku levels are far over 9000. ;)

    • James B
      August 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Just in case you ever actually go to Japan, please know that otaku is a pejorative, equivalent to "socially inept loser". Be an anime geek by all means, but don't ever tell someone who really speaks Japanese that you're an otaku. (Coming from someone who identified as an otaku, and lived there for 8 years)

      • Jackson Chung
        August 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

        So calling you otaku from now on ;)

      • Starria T
        August 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        Considering that I fit in with the Genshiken crowd than the Lucky Star one, I think otaku fits just fine. I am fully aware of the meaning and I don't mind it in the least. That aside I have no ambition to go to Japan...well outside of checking out Comiket...so I am none too worried.

  13. Bryan T
    August 13, 2013 at 2:02 am

    test fail, forgot binary.
    Areas of geekdom DO overlap, but one does not need to excel in all areas to be a geek. This infographic is equivalent to saying a programmer should know C#, Perl, CSS3, Java, ASM, PASCAL and Basic. Sure, few may know all, some may know a few, but many are well-versed in a specific area.

  14. dragonmouth
    August 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I may not know what the Eternal War is but I do know what the Forever War is.

  15. Tom E
    August 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Your Doctor Who question is wrong. As a side Whovian (my wife is the bigger fan), even I know not to refer to the main character as, "Doctor Who." The proper phrasing is, "The Doctor."

    And, I agree with @Flo, some of these questions are not really "are you a geek," but "are you geek about ___." For example, do I think I could re-flash my GFX card BIOS? Sure. Have I researched it? Nope. But I've re-flashed my Android several times, and researched re-flashing a WiFi receiver.

    • CaySedai
      August 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

      In addition, not including John Hurt and Peter Capaldi, there have been 12 actors who have played the Doctor.

      • Danielle
        August 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

        Peter Capaldi has only just been announced and is yet to film the doctor, so therefore he is not The Doctor.

        Also actors do not play The Doctor, they are The Doctor, for a period of time in their acting career.

  16. likefunbutnot
    August 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    The author of this piece seems to be operating under the entirely mistaken impression that anime fandom is a geek requirement and/or that "hackerspaces" exist in some kind of quantity outside of large urban settings.

    Or that a real geek would sully him or herself with an iphone, even in the process of making it marginally less retarded.

  17. Tom S
    August 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    You always come with the greatest stuff...I guess I'm a Geek in progress! :P

    • Jackson Chung
      August 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Tom!

  18. Flo
    August 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Being a geek does not mean you are into ALL the fandoms. Being passionate about just one can make you a geek. This "test" is not fair.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Lol you think it's easy being a geek?

      • Tjusa
        August 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

        I agree with Flo. I am a passionate boardgamer (settlers of Catan is so out of fassion, by the way), love playing D&D, reading and watching Science fiction,... And my profession - programmer (female by the way).
        And yes - have you tried turning it off and on again IS my most used sentence. And 42 should be default for int (instead of NULL) ;) .

        But I still think I failed the test.
        So you say I'm not a geek because I hate both WOW and Warhammer?

    • louis
      September 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Wait Tjusa how can you hate Warhammer? Putting that aside I still think you are a geek as am I. I dislike Catan myself. I got 34 of the questions right and I know I am a geek. There is a lot that is not on this list that I consider geek. However I also feel like we should not be fighting over a label we should all just be out there enjoying what we enjoy and leave it at that.

  19. Snoo
    August 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Remember when GEEK used to be a pejorative and the socially inept didn't SEEK to be called it?

    • PcTuneUpGuy
      August 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Oh yes, remember those days well. My how the tides have turned ...

    • Mike H
      September 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I remember being called a Geek when it was a pejorative. I scored pretty low on this test. So where does that leave me? An old get-off-my-lawn Geek.

  20. Heather
    August 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I thought we were trying to eliminate "tests" for geek culture. You're a geek if you want to be, if you say you are - no infographic has the authority to name you "geek" or "not-geek".


    • Jackson Chung
      August 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      No, you can't just claim to be a geek. There are criteria to fulfil.

      • Heather
        August 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        In one sentence you describe the problem with geek culture as it deals with its increasing venture into the mainstream - "only we are the real geeks."

        Actually most of this can be answered by a regular watcher of "The Big Bang Theory".

      • James B
        August 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

        exactly. You can't just go around calling yourself a doctor because you want to.

        Oh wait, you sir, you can...

        • Jackson Chung
          August 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

          Yeah huh.

        • Kannon Yamada
          August 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

          Right! The only exception being your wife's parents.

        • Jackson Chung
          August 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

          My wife is also a doctor, but you're right.

    • DA
      August 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Yeah I really dislike it.. people have questioned whether I was a "real gamer" lol. I enjoy playing games but it's not my whole life and a lot of games like COD, WoW, D&D and all that aren't really my cup of tea. 3D tends to give me motion sickness. I like a lot of other things too. I thought this whole making a thing out of geekiness was cool pretty early on then it came like a wave where I live and on like all the websites I read and now it's just kinda annoying. Everyone thinks it's cool and taking on the I'm better than you attitude of people who would previously make fun of "geeks". I'm sure this list is supposed to just be for fun, but for me and lots of other people here it's just something else to roll our eyes about. Oh and proof read. I don't even watch Doctor Who but I know it's "The Doctor" since so many of my friends watch it. I'm not in every fandom and don't expect others to be in mine but I end up learning a few things and understanding some jokes.