The Nerd Association

Big Nerd Ranch works hard to help people become adept at particular technologies. One aspect of this is our books and our classes. The Nerd Association is another aspect of this effort.

The Nerd Association is to be a community where engineers and designers can discuss the issues that they are facing. We hope that it will be useful to all its members.

For each topic there is four types of information available:

  1. A set of frequently asked questions with answers
  2. A discussion list
  3. A jobs board
  4. A listing of freelancers who work with this technology

There is also a discussion list for any course that you've attended. For example, if you attended an iOS Bootcamp on Oct 23, 2010 with 7 other people, there is a discussion area that is only visible to the eight of you and your instructor.

You have a profile page that lists the courses that you've attended. If you wish for potential employers to see this page, there is a public link that you can send them.

If you post a job listing on the jobs board, it will live there for 30 days. After 30 days you are welcome to post it again. Please do not post job listings anywhere else on the site.

As long as "I am a freelancer" is checked on your profile, you will appear on the Freelancers page for any topic that you are a member of.

There is a place for a profile picture. You don't have to set it, of course, but I think a recognizable image of your face would help make this feel like a community of humans. Pictures of your dog, your children, etc. are nice, but we are hoping for a face that people will recognize when they meet you at a conference.

While this is designed as a web-based forum, you can get posts sent to you via email. The email preferences can be set on each topic separately.

If you received invitations at two different email addresses, the system currently considers you to be two people. Please take a minute to go to your profile and request that the two accounts be merged.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: I took a course a long time ago, but it's not showing up on my profile. What should I do?

    A: Use the submit feedback button to tell us! Include other e-mail addresses you may have used to register, as well as the exact dates of the course. If we can find record of your attendance, we'll get it added to your profile.

  • Q: I took a course that is no longer offered, so it's not showing up on my profile. What should I do?

    A: Nothing! Nerd Association is currently used for discussion of currently offered courses only. This may change in the future, and we'll update this FAQ if/when it does. If this does change, we'll be importing old data so your course should appear then.

  • Q: Why can't I post in topics for courses I haven't taken?

    A: Posting in topics is limited to people that have taken a particular course with us. This tightness of the community is part of the value that Nerd Association provides, and we'd love to have you at one of our future classes. In the future we may be adding general forums that you'll be able to post in.

Acceptable Conduct

We ask that you treat other members with respect. Spam, personal attacks, and abusive language do not have a place here. This is a technical forum; content of a sexual or violent nature should not be posted here.

Snarkiness, in all its forms, is frowned upon here.

While we expect mature, respectful discussion here, it seems likely that eventually someone will post something hurtful or offensive. You should not be part of this online community if such postings will cause significant damage to you. Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. will do what it can to prevent such damaging posts, but we will not be held responsible for them.

This is not a place where it is OK to violate the law. Members may not post copyrighted material or trade secrets on this site.

Posts that violate these guidelines will be deleted. Users who violate these guidelines will have their accounts deactivated.

Please help us identify such posts. Each post has a link that says "Flag post as inappropriate"


First, we don't really want any sensitive, personal information about you. We aren't going to ask your age or gender.

Second, most of the information that gets out is up to you. When you post to a topic, people will see your name and the stuff you post. No one will find your public page unless you give them the link. There are some privacy settings on your profile; you can get omitted from searches and hide your email address from other members.

Third, we will not sell your information, words, photos, or videos to anyone else. We will not use your name, your words, your photos, or your videos in our advertising efforts without your explicit OK.

However, we do intend to keep track of how you use the site so that we can figure out how to make it better. Also, we might send you an email every once in a while, but really not very often.

This privacy policy is probably incomplete -- the world changes so fast. If we need to clarify or change this policy, you will receive an email explaining the changes and a mechanism for opting out.


The member will indemnify and hold Big Nerd Ranch, its officers and employees, harmless, including costs and attorneys' fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of the member's access to the Nerd Association, use of its services, the violation of this agreement by member, or the infringement by member, or any third party using the member's account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.


In no event shall Big Nerd Ranch, its officers, shareholders, employees or members be liable with respect to the Nerd Association or its services for (a) any indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever; (b) damages for loss of use, profits, data, images, member content or other intangibles; (c) damages for unauthorized use, non-performance of the Nerd Association, errors or omissions; or (d) damages related to downloading or posting Content. Big Nerd Ranch's liability under this agreement shall be limited to three hundred United States Dollars. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to the member.