PerlMonks is made up of many people from many places with many interests. Some of these people have come together to form 'orders' (groups) within the Monastery. Members of these groups do not get XP for their efforts, nor do they get free coffee from Starbucks*. The only reward for their (sometimes quite considerable) trouble is satisfaction and positive karma.
* This is only a presumption. As far as we know, no one has ever tried to get free coffee from Starbucks by claiming to be a member of a PerlMonks Order. If you try and succeed, please let us know. :-)
See Orders of Monks for descriptions of what order performs what services.
The following groups exist but are not actually used for anything anymore: SiteDocManagers, Developers.
If you'd like to join one of the PerlMonks user groups, you will need three things — yea, four things must thou have in order to gain the tassel and the golden key — namely:
And remember that the answer isn't always 'yes'.
Once you have joined an Order, please go to your Nodelet Settings and enable the nodelet specific to the order (except that power users don't have such a nodelet) and the Cabal Nodelet. These nodelets are available only for Order members. The nodelets should link you to internal documents of the Order. You should get familiar with some of these documents before you attempt to use your new powers.