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Those who use and abuse the NET refer to themselves as Deckers. Unlike Proggers who operate lower down at the programmatic and machine level, Deckers enter the NET and manipulate it from within. This is called Decking.
In the MetaCyber setting there are two different layers of computerized interaction, the Neural Interface Layer and the Programmatic Layer. The Programmatic Layer is a very technical conglomeration of communication protocols, logic, and connectivity. The Neural Interface Layer is the perview of Neurally Enabled, Virtual Reality Mindscapes.
Proggers operate at the more nitty-gritty and techie Programmatic Layer, while Deckers operate over the Neural Interface Layer.
Compared to the more technical approach taken by Proggers, Decking has some pros and cons. On the pro side, when it works it can be considerably faster, resolving in real time speed. Decking also often offers easier access to some resources (at least those exposed in public or semi-public Mindscapes). Most significantly, Deckers can go after other human users of the NET and use con artistry and other trickery against them to get sensitive information or access not available to a Progger, a process refered to as social engineering.
On the con side, there are many things that simply are not available at the Neural Interface Layer, as they are not exposed to manipulation from within Mindscapes. Deckers have no ability to interact with such things, while a Progger can if they can gain access to it at the Programmatic Layer.