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. What Did Ada Lovelace’s Program Actually Do? 292 upvotes, 37 comments
  2. Detailed articles on the avionics of NASA’s space shuttle 46 upvotes, 4 comments
  3. Clover: 4-Bit Quantized Linear Algebra 67 upvotes, 9 comments
  4. Show HN: Um – Create your own man pages so you can remember how to do stuff 418 upvotes, 90 comments
  5. Bringing macros to Python by abusing type annotations 32 upvotes, 3 comments
  6. Apple Pulls Illegal Apps Targeted by Chinese State Media 13 upvotes, 0 comments
  7. My journey to securing sensitive data in Puppet code 22 upvotes, 2 comments
  8. Fakernews: Builds a Markov chain using HN post titles and generates fake posts 47 upvotes, 8 comments
  9. Backyourstack: discover and sponsor your open-source dependencies 141 upvotes, 37 comments
  10. Telling the Truth About Defects in Technology Should Never, Ever Be Illegal 50 upvotes, 10 comments
  11. Introduction to Augur, an open-source, decentralized betting marketplace 37 upvotes, 7 comments
  12. Flatpak 1.0 Released, Ready for Prime Time 86 upvotes, 25 comments
  13. Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain 116 upvotes, 37 comments
  14. Uber’s Vision of Self-Driving Cars Begins to Blur 35 upvotes, 8 comments
  15. New evidence challenges the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment 258 upvotes, 106 comments
  16. Reinforcement Learning Resources, Models and Code 7 upvotes, 0 comments
  17. Number of Third-Party Cookies on EU News Sites Dropped by 22% Post-GDPR 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  18. Parallel Programming with Python 119 upvotes, 56 comments
  19. Overnight Brain Stimulation Improves Memory 49 upvotes, 19 comments
  20. The Billionaires and The Guru: How an Indian Family Burned Through $2B 117 upvotes, 58 comments
  21. They Don't Build Them Like They Used To: The New Construction Shortage 20 upvotes, 6 comments
  22. The Reason There Are So Many Thai Restaurants in America 17 upvotes, 5 comments
  23. OpenStreetMap for the dyslexic 51 upvotes, 26 comments
  24. Vietnam Going Solar After Nuclear Power Plants Shelved 86 upvotes, 55 comments
  25. Why HP Fell 77 upvotes, 52 comments
  26. This company hired anyone who applied. Now it’s starting a movement 13 upvotes, 5 comments
  27. Pop Songs Written by Native Speakers of Swedish 110 upvotes, 108 comments
  28. How do we envisage Shakespeare’s wife? 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  29. Creating the Innocent Killer (2009) 26 upvotes, 19 comments
  30. Indigo Fair (YC W17) Is Hiring Front End Engineers in Waterloo 0 upvotes, 0 comments