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. Matrix-webcam displays your webcam video feed in the console 298 upvotes, 33 comments
  2. New Pegasus Spyware Abuses Identified in Mexico 75 upvotes, 9 comments
  3. Tell HN: A disabled 40-year-old person founded a startup and makes a living 94 upvotes, 17 comments
  4. Linux Kernel 6.0 158 upvotes, 39 comments
  5. First make the change easy, then make the easy change (2021) 203 upvotes, 58 comments
  6. Collect a dossier on a person by username from thousands of sites 210 upvotes, 69 comments
  7. Data Version Control 149 upvotes, 53 comments
  8. Show HN: FocusedEdit – a classic Macintosh to web browser shared text editor 70 upvotes, 23 comments
  9. Ask HN: What Happened to SixthSense by Pranav Misty 26 upvotes, 7 comments
  10. Software, not hardware, will drive quantum and neuromorphic computing 13 upvotes, 2 comments
  11. How a Stable Diffusion prompt changes its output for the style of 1500 artists 302 upvotes, 156 comments
  12. Keeping cool: A common refrigerant shows promise for metal recycling 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  13. Breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads could lead to better treatments 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  14. Hyperlinks in Handwriting 205 upvotes, 111 comments
  15. Impoverished Emotional Lives 107 upvotes, 53 comments
  16. Norvig's Law (2002) 113 upvotes, 59 comments
  17. Baker's Math (2009) 191 upvotes, 108 comments
  18. Build your fanbase using the K-pop method 129 upvotes, 70 comments
  19. Go Auth Lib 61 upvotes, 29 comments
  20. Cobra Maneuver 191 upvotes, 112 comments
  21. A near-disaster at a nuclear weapons lab takes toll on America’s arsenal (2017) 251 upvotes, 152 comments
  22. Muon: GPU Based Electron on a Diet 83 upvotes, 48 comments
  23. New asteroid strike images show impact 'a lot bigger than expected' 64 upvotes, 38 comments
  24. The lost art of handheld demakes 12 upvotes, 4 comments
  25. PayPal’s updated acceptable use policy [pdf] 213 upvotes, 202 comments
  26. Why JWTs Suck as Session Tokens (2017) 29 upvotes, 21 comments
  27. BBSing at 300 Bits per Second 45 upvotes, 39 comments
  28. Why shaving dulls even the sharpest of razors (2020) 23 upvotes, 26 comments
  29. Toyota CEO talks about why he isn’t all-in on EVs 164 upvotes, 613 comments
  30. Flexport is hiring engineers to build technology to power supply chains 0 upvotes, 0 comments