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Orders of Monksby SiteDocClan
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These groups of users have undertaken vows of service to the Monastery.
See What are PerlMonks Orders? for more information on user groups, such as how to join one.
Orders of Monks
Cabal is an umbrella group containing all the other user groups. It was created mainly to allow all the groups to discuss things together in a shared wiki. The existence of this group also allows each group to read the other groups' wikis.
The Cabal Matrix shows which users are in which groups.
The gods are the system administrators of the PerlMonks web site. There is very little they can't do. For example:
Even so, the gods operate according to an ethic which reflects the site's tradition of voluntary self-restraint and mutual respect.
The gods are your court of last appeal: send a message to the gods.
Some of these gods have separate accounts for their non-godly activities; those "mortal" accounts are linked to near the top of each godly account's home node.
pmdev (PerlMonks Developers) are the folks who write code patches to implement bug fixes and enhancement for the benefit of the site's users. They are the alchemists who frequently create gold from base metals, and, on rare occasion, explosions which rock the monastery from tower to tower.
The power users keep the chatterbox troll free. They're able to shut someone out of the chatterbox who is being excessively offensive and disruptive. This is called borging a user. A list of all currently borg'ed users can be seen in the borg's belly node.
The janitors keep the site free of "trash" (broken nodes) by fixing bad HTML formatting and remediating obstructive titles. See What do Janitors do? for information on how janitation works, and what role you can play in the process.
Note: In times past, this group was known as 'editors', but the name was changed because their job is really just to clean up messes, not to serve in any kind of editorial capacity.
QandAEditors maintain the Categorized Questions and Answers section of the site. Since that section is held to an extraordinarly high standard of quality, the QandAEditors have an unusually free hand to edit — and even delete — content. See How does editing work in the Q&A section? for more details.
For details on what they do, see How is the PerlMonks FAQ maintained?
One thing which is explicitly not in the Pedagogues' charter is to write tutorials. A Pedagogue may write a tutorial, but s/he does so as a private citizen, not in her/his official capacity as a Pedagogue.