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. Artemis – Neutralizing BGP hijacking within a minute 64 upvotes, 6 comments
  2. Google Cloud Downtime Postmortem 195 upvotes, 39 comments
  3. JavaScript fundamentals before learning React 86 upvotes, 14 comments
  4. Show HN: Learn how to work remotely from people doing it every day 59 upvotes, 9 comments
  5. Geosharded Recommendations with Hilbert Curve at Tinder 47 upvotes, 7 comments
  6. Simone Giertz – Back from brain surgery [video] 493 upvotes, 137 comments
  7. 1500 Archers on a 28.8: Network Programming in Age of Empires and Beyond 184 upvotes, 52 comments
  8. History of Listserv 30 upvotes, 5 comments
  9. Launch HN: Anima App (YC S18) – Sketch to Code Toolkit 63 upvotes, 16 comments
  10. Avelon: Turing complete, functional language with concatenative combinators 51 upvotes, 12 comments
  11. Farewell, Google Maps 528 upvotes, 200 comments
  12. SRE Fundamentals: SLIs, SLAs and SLOs 188 upvotes, 68 comments
  13. Case Studies Where Phase 2 and Phase 3 Trials had Divergent Results [pdf] 78 upvotes, 26 comments
  14. Fukushima’s nuclear signature found in California wine 300 upvotes, 131 comments
  15. The uncertainty of measuring the DNS 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  16. Ventilated Prose (2009) 15 upvotes, 3 comments
  17. The Java type system is broken 256 upvotes, 140 comments
  18. The Food of My Youth 143 upvotes, 75 comments
  19. Lily: An interpreted language with a focus on expressiveness and type safety 64 upvotes, 29 comments
  20. The tasting of surströmming 66 upvotes, 31 comments
  21. Self-Driving Car Startup Voyage Brings on Ex-Tesla, Cruise and Uber Exec as CTO 47 upvotes, 21 comments
  22. Building Protocols with HTTP 50 upvotes, 27 comments
  23. Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month 17 upvotes, 6 comments
  24. Work less, get more: New Zealand firm's four-day week an 'unmitigated success' 143 upvotes, 98 comments
  25. A record-breaking microscope 16 upvotes, 6 comments
  26. Traveling to the Sun: Why Won't Parker Solar Probe Melt? 49 upvotes, 32 comments
  27. Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience 156 upvotes, 171 comments
  28. Project Fuchsia: Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android 141 upvotes, 167 comments
  29. Best Buy Is Thriving in the Age of Amazon 306 upvotes, 392 comments
  30. The men and women who brought curry to Birmingham 23 upvotes, 35 comments