Wikipedia says this (emphasis mine):And you can actually look up the English definitions of the two words and discover that they have differences that are accepted across English speaking cultures.
Now I haven't looked up "nerd", but that description I highlighted is pretty much the one I had in mind, not "a(n) (possibly pesudo)-intellectual whose relative weakeness is social interaction". Obviously as an INTP I consider myself the latter.Definitions
The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning. The terms nerd, gimp, dweeb, dork, and spod have similar meanings as geek, but many choose to identify different connotations amongst these terms, although the differences are disputed. In a 2007 interview on The Colbert Report, Richard Clarke said the difference between nerds and geeks is "geeks get it done." Julie Smith defined a geek as "a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely traveled to the ones invented by his favorite authors, who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to as cyberspace—somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer, not a drab teenager's room in his parents' house."
I'm not aware of the practice of imprisoning people for stupidity, but regardless, the fact that the members of forum would wish to emulate such a practice is enough reason for me to use the "geek" epithet and, as a fellow INTP, criticize such people as unhealthy.Also, people get banned from forums for being stupid or acting stupid all the time. People also go to jail/prison in real life for being stupid. It's pretty common, actually