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Orders of Monksby SiteDocClan
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The groups of users detailed below 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.
There are also a few other user groups that have less important purposes (developers, SiteDocManagers, Site Documentation Clan, editors, pmtesters, holders of unholy power, Breathers of Fire, tinkers, punsters, and pirates).
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.
In addition, they have their own unique powers, such as:
Gods do not have access to the servers on which PerlMonks runs!
The gods determine the policies which govern PerlMonks, and are the ultimate arbiters of site policy.
The gods are your court of last appeal: send a message to the gods.
If you really need an out-of-band way of contacting the site administrators, there also is email@example.com, but please really consider sending a message first.
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 help suppress offensive or disruptive users in the chatterbox; they can temporarily suspend a user's ability to use the messaging system (both cb and private messaging). This is called borg'ing a user. The default suspension is for 10 minutes.
Spells for Power Users:
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.