How do I change my home node?

Finding Your Home Node

There is a link to your home node in the directory at the top of every page. Click on that link to go to your home node.

If you have trouble finding that link or remembering that it's there, you can always type your user name into the Search box at the top of the page. Assuming your name is unique enough not to conflict with other nodes on the site, the Search should take you right to your home node.

When you view your home node, there will be a link at the bottom labeled "Edit your user information". Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can customize the appearance of your home node and make other changes to your personal information (such as email address).

Customizing Your Home Node

Make changes to your home node by entering information into the fields on the user info edit page. Make sure you press the "stumbit"1 button to save your changes.

1 No, "stumbit" is not a spelling error.

Your coveted user image

When you reach Level 5: Beadle, you gain the right to post a picture on your home node. To upload a picture, type/paste a file pathname into the text field, or use the "Browse" button to locate the file. If you have already uploaded a picture and want to remove it, check the box labeled "Remove Image".

Real Name

Enter your real name here. Only gods (the site administrators) can see this information. Your real name is not displayed anywhere on PerlMonks.

Change Password

Pick a good password that you can remember. Enter the same password into both boxes. After pressing "stumbit", you will have to log in again.

If you forget your password, you can have it sent to you by email by clicking on a link in the login box. Make sure you keep your email address up to date.

Email Address

Enter your email address here. Like your real name, your email address is not used or displayed anywhere on the site. It is only used to send you your password when you request it.


You can put your PAUSE author ID in this field. When someone views your profile, they will see it and it will be a link to the corresponding page on metacpan.

Note: If you have a PAUSE account but have never published anything to CPAN, this will be a broken link.


If you like, you may enter your location here. Whatever you enter here is displayed at the top of your home node with some other information about you. If you don't enter anything, your home node will show n/a for location.

Note: This field accepts HTML, but is not processed for PerlMonks markup; so, for example, shortcuts are not converted into links.

See also User's Bio (below) for other options related to Location.

User's Bio

Your bio can contain anything you want it to: Information about you, information about your grandmother, your favorite links, helpful tips for making tomato soup. You enter this information as HTML text. See Writeup Formatting Tips and Perl Monks Approved HTML tags for more information about what you can enter here.

Other sites which use HTML comments (<!-- location:latitude:DD.MM.SS,longitude:-DD.MM.SS -->, for example) entered into your Bio to display information about Monks include:

These sites replace jcwren's Monk Maps and Big Monk Map, as described in Put yourself on the Monk Map, (jcwren) RE: Monks' Maps!, and More useless Monk Stats, but use HTML comments in exactly the same way to get your location. See PMplanet for formatting details.

For more information about PMplanet, please refer to PMplanet has a new home. Google Earth Monks is discussed in detail at Google Earth Monks.

Edit Scratchpad

'Edit Scratchpad' is a link which takes you to your scratchpad node with edit mode turned on. (This is controlled by the presence of displaytype=edit in the URL.)

See How do I work with Scratchpads? for info on actually editing your scratchpad.

This is a significant update

If this checkbox is checked when you click 'stumbit', the lastupdate field of your home node will be set to the current time. This field is used by Recently Updated Home Nodes to calculate which home nodes fall within the interval of interest.

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