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. Universal Split Screen 425 upvotes, 52 comments
  2. Reverse engineering a Hit Clip (2013) 97 upvotes, 8 comments
  3. The Polygons of Doom: PSX 118 upvotes, 12 comments
  4. Assange Trial Day 18 328 upvotes, 45 comments
  5. Poshmark Filed to Go Public 29 upvotes, 1 comments
  6. Rare Edition of Shakespeare’s Last Play Found in Spanish Library 44 upvotes, 3 comments
  7. Parametric lamp design using circle packings 119 upvotes, 16 comments
  8. OpenSSH 8.4 176 upvotes, 43 comments
  9. Is Y Combinator worth it? 61 upvotes, 13 comments
  10. Fully documented source code for Elite on the BBC Micro 317 upvotes, 110 comments
  11. The long lost manual for the Zuse Z4 has been found 143 upvotes, 51 comments
  12. Workers Durable Objects Beta: A New Approach to Stateful Serverless 61 upvotes, 19 comments
  13. A SQL database implemented purely in TypeScript type annotations 215 upvotes, 88 comments
  14. Mtime Comparison Considered Harmful 19 upvotes, 4 comments
  15. Modular, composable, typed optimizations in the tagless-final style (2019) 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  16. Britain has offensive cyberwar capability, top general admits 26 upvotes, 8 comments
  17. Zig's New Relationship with LLVM 220 upvotes, 128 comments
  18. Show HN: Vocabulary 90 – vocabulary learning automation 15 upvotes, 5 comments
  19. How Many Decimals of Pi Do We Need? 26 upvotes, 12 comments
  20. Default window manager switched to CTWM in NetBSD-current 60 upvotes, 40 comments
  21. Netflix CEO explains why he pays technologists huge salaries 19 upvotes, 9 comments
  22. Building a Modern-Day Hit Counter with React, FaunaDB, and Serverless Functions 11 upvotes, 4 comments
  23. Amazon Restricts How Rival Device Makers Buy Ads on Its Site 107 upvotes, 88 comments
  24. How to digitize your lab notebooks 58 upvotes, 44 comments
  25. Won’t Subscribe 254 upvotes, 273 comments
  26. Scorpion Transforming Computer Chair 46 upvotes, 41 comments
  27. Dreading a dark winter lockdown? Think like a Norwegian 49 upvotes, 58 comments
  28. Uber secures right to continue operating in London 71 upvotes, 101 comments
  29. Judge temporarily blocks U.S. ban on TikTok downloads from U.S. app stores 305 upvotes, 546 comments
  30. Split Keyboard for Professionals 62 upvotes, 162 comments