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. Watt: A runtime for executing Rust procedural macros compiled as WebAssembly 154 upvotes, 13 comments
  2. The Computer as a Communication Device 37 upvotes, 2 comments
  3. Making the Tokio scheduler 10x faster 700 upvotes, 128 comments
  4. Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test 122 upvotes, 17 comments
  5. The Unix Game 230 upvotes, 42 comments
  6. Write Yourself a Scheme in 48 Hours (2007) 33 upvotes, 3 comments
  7. The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden 124 upvotes, 25 comments
  8. America’s Pistachio Industry Came from a Single Seed 11 upvotes, 0 comments
  9. The End of Oz 26 upvotes, 3 comments
  10. They Published the Perished: NYRB Classics puts masterpieces back in print 26 upvotes, 3 comments
  11. .NET Core 3.0 Concludes the .NET Framework API Porting Project 50 upvotes, 9 comments
  12. YouTube is taking down educational hacking videos 324 upvotes, 99 comments
  13. Beneath the Replication Crisis 54 upvotes, 11 comments
  14. Apple: We're not handing over Safari URLs to Tencent, just IP addresses 344 upvotes, 114 comments
  15. What’s New in Python 3.8 566 upvotes, 214 comments
  16. I stopped setting a financial goal for my SaaS 292 upvotes, 105 comments
  17. How BugHerd came back from the brink 44 upvotes, 12 comments
  18. NASA engineer's 'helical engine' may violate the laws of physics 139 upvotes, 53 comments
  19. YC Fall Hackathon 2019 98 upvotes, 36 comments
  20. Reversing Safeway's private APIs to automate coupon collection 273 upvotes, 137 comments
  21. Stealing sensitive browser data with the W3C Ambient Light Sensor API (2017) 91 upvotes, 39 comments
  22. Building China's Comac C919 airplane involved a lot of hacking, report says 224 upvotes, 124 comments
  23. Harold Bloom Has Died 137 upvotes, 72 comments
  24. What it feels like to swim in sub-zero waters 105 upvotes, 53 comments
  25. What men eat and drink may affect their babies’ health 165 upvotes, 92 comments
  26. Peter Ratcliffe's Nobel Prize Winning Study Was Rejected by Journal 97 upvotes, 59 comments
  27. Why Renaissance Paintings Aren't as Green as They Used to Be 23 upvotes, 10 comments
  28. Superior IQs associated with mental and physical disorders, research suggests 326 upvotes, 283 comments
  29. Restoring the Salvator Mundi 8 upvotes, 2 comments
  30. How to pack a Norwegian sandwich, the world’s most boring lunch 157 upvotes, 188 comments