The cabal is an inside joke used frequently on RationalWiki to describe members during the obscure first two months of RationalWiki, from March to May 2007, which is known as RationalWiki 1.0 (RW 1.0). This is due to a combination of the entire history of 1.0 having been wiped off the internet and that everyone involved in 1.0 was granted sysopship immediately after 2.0's creation (the "everyone is a sysop" policy didn't begin until early 2009), and the strong influence much of the old guard maintains over the site, even long after they've resigned. To this day, many still suspect some kind of cabal exists, though like the reptoid conspiracy "theory", it is almost always just used as a joke.