A geek scale?
From the entire explosion of discussion over the "dumped because of Magic enthusiasm" post: Maybe there should be some kind of geekiness scale, modeled on the Kinsey scale, where a zero would be someone who is just not geeky at all, and a 6 is a LARP-er. A lot of discussion that cropped up was about how mentioning geeky hobbies on your online dating profile could give people the impression that you're actually a bigger geek than you are. The dangers in this are a) that you run off good matches who don't realize that you're not as geeky as you look or b) you attract people who you're just going to disappoint when they find out that your geekiness levels fall below theirs, and you're not going to be a good companion for some of the high level geeking out. There is clearly a lot of anxiety out there about mismatching in this department, so, you know, just trying to find a simple solution to a complex problem.
The reason I think this could work is that, unlike many traits that work on a scale, there's probably someone out there who is geeky enough to obsessively catalog geek interests, rate the levels of interest and time spent on them, and create a mathematical formula. Then anyone interested in getting their geek rating could just answer some questions on an internet form, get a score, and put that on their social networks or dating profiles.
My feeling is, takng a quick overview of my own self, I suspect I'd be a two. I don't blend too well in highly geeky environments (though I don't startle the horses or anything), and I quite literally never read genre fiction, unless it's something that's gone completely mainstream, like "Harry Potter". I do like video games, but tend to stick to party games and never play online games at all. On the other hand, I do have some geeky interests: blogging, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", pop science, internet memes, and I probably get some points for applying a geeky approach to music fandom. I'm probably more of a nerd than a geek, honestly, but I'm strictly addressing myself to a geek scale, since geekiness causes far more consternation online than nerdiness. No one has the time of day for debating the experiences bookish folks who enjoy organizing bar trivia teams, I'm afraid. We'd probably be worried about it, but we're often too busy reading something dense.
So, what do you think? What would be the measurements? Where would you rate yourself? Is this a funny idea or would it just be used for evil?