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. Working with GitHub Actions 39 upvotes, 0 comments
  2. Closing the gap: cross-language LTO between Rust and C/C++ 191 upvotes, 29 comments
  3. Fine-Tuning GPT-2 from Human Preferences 57 upvotes, 7 comments
  4. Challenges in Implementing a Full-Text-Search Engine 93 upvotes, 19 comments
  5. The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All 89 upvotes, 18 comments
  6. The Pragmatic Programmer, 20th Anniversary Edition 260 upvotes, 67 comments
  7. A man who linked CO2 to climate change–in 1895 36 upvotes, 5 comments
  8. Uncovering performance regressions in the TCP SACKs vulnerability fixes 17 upvotes, 1 comments
  9. LLVM 9.0.0 Release 195 upvotes, 52 comments
  10. Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished 8 upvotes, 0 comments
  11. Stripe’s new funding round values company at $35B 399 upvotes, 166 comments
  12. Havana syndrome: Exposure to neurotoxin may have been cause, study suggests 103 upvotes, 42 comments
  13. Automattic raises $300M at $3B valuation from Salesforce Ventures 180 upvotes, 81 comments
  14. Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian 234 upvotes, 122 comments
  15. Team closes in on “holy grail” of room temperature quantum computing chips 48 upvotes, 19 comments
  16. Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World 195 upvotes, 107 comments
  17. Swiss Copyright Law: Downloading Stays Legal, No Site Blocking 469 upvotes, 302 comments
  18. Launch HN: Sparkswap (YC S18) – Buy Bitcoin Instantly over the Lightning Network 86 upvotes, 45 comments
  19. Extremophiles and life in the most unlikely of places 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  20. Birds Are Vanishing from North America 237 upvotes, 153 comments
  21. Overstock Has Had a Wild Week 109 upvotes, 67 comments
  22. Books on Burnout 53 upvotes, 29 comments
  23. Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They’re Outgrowing Subsidies 450 upvotes, 344 comments
  24. iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review 325 upvotes, 259 comments
  25. Silicon Valley is terrified of California’s privacy law 333 upvotes, 283 comments
  26. Google Wing Launching US Drone Deliveries with FedEx, Walgreens 46 upvotes, 29 comments
  27. Tesla earns its first-ever safety award from IIHS for Model 3 118 upvotes, 91 comments
  28. Airbnb Announces Intention to Become a Publicly-Traded Company During 2020 112 upvotes, 88 comments
  29. Show HN: I made a browser extension that fixes Hacker News' block formatting 13 upvotes, 6 comments
  30. Colt is ending production of AR-15s 12 upvotes, 7 comments