<aside> ๐Ÿ’ก So you want to be an optimistic NERD โ€˜ey? Well your in the right place! Below are the requirements and process involved in becoming a support NERD.


<aside> โš ๏ธ This document is a work in progress, and will evolve. Check back occasionally.


First off, lets check you are doing this for the right reasons. Check your assumptions at the door please:

โŒย  Being a support NERD will NOT give you eternal fame and glory.

โœ…ย  Being a support NERD will help the community grow in a safe and supported way.

โœ…ย  Being a support NERD will help Optimism continue to be the coolest and kindest community.

<aside> ๐Ÿš€ wannabe-NERD โ†’ NERDs-in-training โ†’ support-NERD


Vibe check

<aside> ๐Ÿš€ You should believe in the optimistic values: Open, transparent, in support of public goods (if you have not heard about our RetroPGF, go check it out!).


Background Requirements

<aside> โš ๏ธ To ensure that our support NERDs are only the highest quality nerds we have the following requirements before you can start a NERD trial


Things you can do to help

NERD trial

<aside> โœ… So you have passed the background requirements. Congrats! Follow these steps to go from a wannabe-NERD to a fully fledged support-NERD ๐Ÿค“


  1. Post proof of meeting the requirements in the #wannabe-NERD channel. If you speak a second language and would like to offer support in this language, please include this in your message.
  2. A support-NERD as well as an Optimism team member will check your contributions within the Discord to see if you have offered enough support. You will be notified either way.
  3. If you have offered enough support (three (3) months) you will be given the nerd-in-training role. You will need to have the nerd-in-training for an additional two (2) months, during which you will need to continue offering support.
  4. After that, should your support be high enough quality an existing NERD will nominate you.
    1. Your nomination is voted on by support-NERDs
    2. You need a majority (50%) to ratify your nomination
    3. Then you are a support-NERD!

Things that will make you lose your NERD status

<aside> โš ๏ธ Being a NERD is a privilege. If you abuse the power and reputation that comes with it you will loose the privilege.


  1. If you scam a user, or send spam in any channel โ†’ This will make you loose your wannabe-NERD role and get you banned for life from ever becoming a nerd, as well as banned from the Discord.
  2. Being rude to users โ†’ This will get you kicked from the NERDs, and also temp banned from the Discord for 3 days. Donโ€™t be a dick.
  3. Giving false/fake information โ†’ If you send a user bad information, or malicious information, you will loose your NERD rights and get banned (or temp banned) depending on how bad the info was.
  4. NERDs are told sensitive information. If you leak... ๐Ÿ’€ โ†’ Occasionally NERDs get to hear news and updates before it is public. If you leak private information given to NERDs you will loose NERD role and be bared from ever becoming a NERD again.