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. Robots and lasers are uncovering an ancient, sacred geography 15 upvotes, 0 comments
  2. A Global Optimization Algorithm Worth Using 177 upvotes, 35 comments
  3. YC's Series A Diligence Checklist 167 upvotes, 34 comments
  4. Meltdown fix committed to OpenBSD 145 upvotes, 31 comments
  5. CockroachDB Interactive, D3-Powered Simulations 69 upvotes, 12 comments
  6. Switzerland embraces digital currencies and crypto-entrepreneurs 62 upvotes, 13 comments
  7. Show HN: Read ArXiv Papers on Semantic Scholar as Responsive HTML Documents 31 upvotes, 5 comments
  8. Why Writing a Linked List in (safe) Rust Is So Damned Hard 23 upvotes, 3 comments
  9. My Python Development Environment, 2018 Edition 389 upvotes, 169 comments
  10. Google Calendar should prevent spam by default 101 upvotes, 38 comments
  11. Hacker News's Undocumented Features and Behaviors 574 upvotes, 300 comments
  12. Battleship Solitaire 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  13. Taiwan ban single-use plastic straws, plastic bags, disposable utensils by 2030 562 upvotes, 350 comments
  14. Tiny quad-core system-on-module for makers and hardware startups 69 upvotes, 33 comments
  15. China's Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants 123 upvotes, 70 comments
  16. UPS is working on a fleet of 50 custom-built electric delivery trucks 102 upvotes, 59 comments
  17. Retiring Wave 33 upvotes, 15 comments
  18. Preparing for Malicious Uses of AI 286 upvotes, 203 comments
  19. U-Th dating of carbonate crusts reveals Neandertal origin of Iberian cave art 19 upvotes, 7 comments
  20. The reason Facebook won’t ever change 173 upvotes, 123 comments
  21. Self-owning corporations are legally possible 142 upvotes, 104 comments
  22. Sex differences in ability tilt in the right tail of cognitive abilities 12 upvotes, 4 comments
  23. Asian elephants have different personality traits 16 upvotes, 7 comments
  24. Who's Missing from America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates 95 upvotes, 73 comments
  25. The Battle for Best Semi-Autonomous System: Tesla Autopilot vs. GM SuperCruise 142 upvotes, 153 comments
  26. Self-Censorship in Public Discourse: A Theory of 'Political Correctness' [pdf] 20 upvotes, 15 comments
  27. The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader 30 upvotes, 28 comments
  28. Bigelow Space Operations – B330 Space Station 13 upvotes, 9 comments
  29. Show HN: Hacker News Classics 5 upvotes, 3 comments
  30. ReadMe (YC W15) is hiring customer support who love making developers happy 0 upvotes, 0 comments