Hacker News Confidence

Less annoying hacker news. (What is this?)

This site scrapes Hacker News once every 30 minutes, then sorts according to this formula, with upvotes as positive signals and comments as negative ones. In my experience, the best articles to read on HN are the ones with a high upvote-to-discussion ratio. Mostly because controversial pieces tend to produce a disproportionate number of comments compared to upvotes.


  1. Knowledge Extraction from Unstructured Texts (2016) 257 upvotes, 30 comments
  2. The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji 19 upvotes, 0 comments
  3. Joe Beef and the Excesses of Restaurant Culture 25 upvotes, 1 comments
  4. One Man's Modus Ponens 53 upvotes, 7 comments
  5. How NLP can help cure cancer? [pdf] 76 upvotes, 14 comments
  6. MakerLisp: Embedded Lisp Machine 108 upvotes, 28 comments
  7. American Pictures (1985) [pdf] 81 upvotes, 20 comments
  8. Moving a 320 year old house across an ocean from Japan to California 33 upvotes, 6 comments
  9. Hledger: Robust Plain Text Accounting 192 upvotes, 65 comments
  10. Ask HN: How to initiate or respond to small talk (not the programming language)? 79 upvotes, 28 comments
  11. Hybridogenesis in water frogs 7 upvotes, 0 comments
  12. AMD Ryzen 3000 announced 482 upvotes, 237 comments
  13. We found the source of the mystery signals at Parkes Radio Telescope 61 upvotes, 22 comments
  14. An experiment shows how to rebuild human compassion 34 upvotes, 10 comments
  15. Refurbished Samsung Android Phones Sans Google Now Available 16 upvotes, 3 comments
  16. Arm announces its new premium CPU and GPU designs 198 upvotes, 99 comments
  17. Ask HN: I want to build a company. How can I work towards that while employed? 194 upvotes, 105 comments
  18. Scrum is fragile, not Agile 442 upvotes, 265 comments
  19. Navy pilots report unexplained flying objects 147 upvotes, 86 comments
  20. On SQS 137 upvotes, 80 comments
  21. Why I'm still using jQuery in 2019 198 upvotes, 122 comments
  22. Ways to break your systems code using volatile (2010) 116 upvotes, 67 comments
  23. Show HN: Interactively select the quality and format for youtube-dl 49 upvotes, 26 comments
  24. Microsoft, Brilliant team up to offer quantum curriculum 7 upvotes, 1 comments
  25. The Enderby Shield 4 upvotes, 0 comments
  26. Syntax highlighters are wrong (2014) 156 upvotes, 120 comments
  27. How Fragmented Is Android? 205 upvotes, 165 comments
  28. How not to get a $30k bill from Firebase 101 upvotes, 83 comments
  29. Chinese developers fear the tech war will cost them access to GitHub 63 upvotes, 55 comments
  30. The Books of College Libraries Are Turning into Wallpaper 34 upvotes, 30 comments