Fri 20th February 2009, 10:59am
A plug for Wikipedia Review. I've been expanding the material on medieval philosophers far beyond anything available in Wikipedia. The beauty of the system is the ability to construct semantic searches and tables. Thus we have a list of medieval philosophers here:http://wikipediareview.com/List_of_medieval_philosophers
but this is not maintained the idiotic way it is in Wikipedia, where someone manually maintains the list. That whole page is just this script here
<ASK Mainlabel="Philosophers who flourished 1000-1400" Header="show" Link="all" sort="Flourished" order="ascending">
[[Birth Country Name:=*]]
which constructs the table that you see, based on information available in the articles themselves. Nor is there any need for those idiotic lists of Norwegian medieval philosophers or medieval philosophers whose name begins with 'A'. All you have to do is so construct a query, similar to the above, which searches for articles matching those criteria. This is still not possible on-wiki.
Note also the attempt to classify articles by notability - this is the attribute 'BCMP pages' which counts the prominence of the philosopher according to the number of pages they are allocated in a standard reference work. This would be useful in the case of a 'philosopher' like Ayn Rand, who receives a vast amount of attention in Wikipedia, because the hordes of fanatics and idiotics who edit that article. Notability attributes cut across all that nonsense.