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. A Recipe for Training Neural Networks 185 upvotes, 15 comments
  2. MuseNet 536 upvotes, 131 comments
  3. SaaS vs. Open Core Software: An Introduction 56 upvotes, 9 comments
  4. Stepping Away from Sass 33 upvotes, 4 comments
  5. Important notice for certain AC wall plug adapters and World Travel Adapter Kits 36 upvotes, 6 comments
  6. Archeologists Discover a Perfectly Preserved 4k-Year-Old Tomb in Egypt 87 upvotes, 21 comments
  7. Non-Photorealistic Rendering Using a Painting Robot [pdf] 48 upvotes, 11 comments
  8. In England, rhubarb is grown by candlelight 145 upvotes, 48 comments
  9. How Germany used radio waves to guide night bombing raids in WWII 31 upvotes, 7 comments
  10. Bitfinex Operator Accused by New York of $850M Cover-Up 229 upvotes, 98 comments
  11. Setting Up an Ad-Blocking VPN with WireGuard and Pihole 169 upvotes, 72 comments
  12. The Markup faces staff exodus and funder scrutiny following Julia Angwin ouster 42 upvotes, 14 comments
  13. The FreedomBox enables you to control your view of the internet 110 upvotes, 48 comments
  14. Gitlab 11.10 Released 160 upvotes, 75 comments
  15. How to hide from the AI surveillance state with a color printout 215 upvotes, 119 comments
  16. Speedgate: World’s First Sport Generated by AI 157 upvotes, 84 comments
  17. People Who Claim to Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours 229 upvotes, 138 comments
  18. Amazon Has Gone from Neutral Platform to Cutthroat Competitor 205 upvotes, 122 comments
  19. Smoke and Mirrors: How Snap and Pinterest Hide User Attrition 144 upvotes, 84 comments
  20. Matrox History: A Computer Graphics Also-Ran’s Second Life 49 upvotes, 23 comments
  21. Jacques Herbrand (2006) 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  22. Checking Email Less Often Leads to More Productive Workdays 76 upvotes, 42 comments
  23. U.S. Navy drafting new guidelines for reporting UFOs 123 upvotes, 80 comments
  24. The hidden costs of engineering time in technical interviewing 59 upvotes, 35 comments
  25. Medical records on the blockchain – the history of a bad idea 58 upvotes, 35 comments
  26. Flutter desktop shells 325 upvotes, 273 comments
  27. KaiOS takes on the Apple-Android mobile duopoly 45 upvotes, 30 comments
  28. Cross-Platform GUI Toolkit Trainwreck (2016) 146 upvotes, 146 comments
  29. Who Killed Lard? (2012) 98 upvotes, 143 comments
  30. Hack on the Lightning Network at Sparkswap (YC S18, SF) 0 upvotes, 0 comments