A mere mortal is fundamentally a non-techy type person.  Among developers, administrators, implementors, and architects, they look like functional illiterates.  

*They are not proficient at writing, understanding, or even hacking code.  
*They get very nervous when executing most unix commands, afraid that they are going to break something and become stranded.  
*They are extremely dependant on clues within documentation that imply (in simple terms) what's really basically going on in the machine.  
*When they see any code, they have a hard time parsing it.  
*They may waste hours and days trying to do something incorrectly, simply because they don't understand what they are being told.  
*However, they might just be willing to try to do some things if they can make sense of them (e.g. implementing a simple wiki engine).
*Some of them are proud to be MereMortals.  Because saying so can be a great way to learn.
*They ask StupidQuestions.

MatthewSimpson: ''I know about these people.  I'm one of them.''