Once I was reasonably confident that I had the first 2000 best nodes of all times, I started playing with the resulting database, and eventually I made a simple search engine, from where I can get some statistics by section or author, and lists of nodes, customized by section and rep.
A few examples:
Stats by section, sorted by number of nodes: (but you can get stats by author, or sorted in different ways)
|Seekers of Perl Wisdom||579||56855||98.20||82||389|
|Perl Monks Discussion||249||28373||113.95||82||297|
|Cool Uses For Perl||113||13331||117.97||82||325|
|1||Professional Employees and Works for Hire||tilly||452||Med|
|2||A little fun with merlyn||jcwren||325||CUFP|
|3||Shift, Pop, Unshift and Push with Impunity!||lhoward||286||Med|
|4||Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire||dws||285||Med|
|5||Damian Conway's ten rules for when to use OO||petdance||276||Med|
|6||Why I like functional programming||tilly||271||Med|
|7||Second rate programmers and my confession||Ovid||265||Med|
|8||web site design, or lack thereof||merlyn||254||Med|
|9||Paradigm Shift - Don't use strict||Ovid||239||Med|
|10||How You (Yes You!) Can Get Involved||chromatic||237||Med|
|11||My coding guidelines||Abigail-II||234||Med|
|12||Genetic Programming or breeding Perls||gumpu||232||CUFP|
|13||'our' is not 'my'||Ovid||232||Med|
|15||The path to mastery||tilly||223||Med|
|16||Oh my God! Tie killed Perl!||Petruchio||217||Med|
|17||Stats Whoring - The VXML Way||jcwren||213||Med|
|18||Do my homework for me!||dws||213||Med|
|19||Advanced Sorting - GRT - Guttman Rosler Transform||demerphq||210||Med|
|20||Yoda Speak Translator||grep||209||CUFP|
|21||Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire||Trimbach||200||Med|
More than my description, I believe that using it directly would be easier to understand. So have a look at http://gmax.oltrelinux.com/cgi-bin/cbnodes.cgi, where you can also download the current database in SQLite format.
I will appreciate comments and tips for enhancements. Actually, if the gods decide to implement something like this in the Monastery, I would be very happy.
Modified links in example table. Since it was cut-and-paste code from an external page, its links could log out the readers. Fixed now. Thanks to talexb.
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