The gods are the system administrators of the PerlMonks web site.
There is very little they can't do.
Because the gods wield ultimate power in PerlMonks, they effectively determine the policies which reign here. And indeed, the gods are the ultimate arbiters of site policy. So you know whom to complain to if you don't like the way things are. :-)
- they have full access to the site's code, database, and logs.
- they perform site maintenance and development tasks.
- they can run statistics on database records, e.g. to look at usage patterns.
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.
(Note: if you are not logged in, you will only be able to send a message to the gods via the form on the Retrieving a forgotten username or password page.)
The gods group is invitation-only, you can't apply to join it like you can with other orders.
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.