In many areas of life, there is a pecking order. This order is either vigorously enforced or self-enforced or perhaps even ignored. In the armed forces, this is called the chain of command. In a professional environment, this is called the blame chute. Agricultural biologists will tell you that various farm animals are extremely dependent, behaviorally, on a pecking order and thus our supply of chicken fingers is subsequently dependent on it.
In college, there were many orders that I ignored and some that I enjoyed. Nerd pedigree was one that I particularly enjoyed. I did not flaunt it a lot, but when I did, I liked to think that I was somehow more nerdy and thus a better nerd than my wannabe peers.* In this regard, I direct your attention to two old comic strips that previously graced the back pages of Dragon Magazine.
*For example, I slipped a Car Wars reference into a rant about movies a couple posts ago.