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. Paper Aeroplane Wind Tunnel 73 upvotes, 7 comments
  2. “Bush Hid the Facts” 112 upvotes, 13 comments
  3. A URL Lengthener 1023 upvotes, 237 comments
  4. Snap Judgment: A brief history of trick photography 13 upvotes, 0 comments
  5. Debugging random slow writes in PostgreSQL 86 upvotes, 16 comments
  6. We Are Still Out Here 50 upvotes, 8 comments
  7. Quake3e, a modern Quake III Arena engine 220 upvotes, 68 comments
  8. The Pitchblende of Cornwall, England (1915) [pdf] 26 upvotes, 4 comments
  9. Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo 33 upvotes, 6 comments
  10. Getting Started with Org Mode (2016) 14 upvotes, 1 comments
  11. Things you can’t do in Rust (and what to do instead) 9 upvotes, 0 comments
  12. Nobel archives reveal judges’ safety fears for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 55 upvotes, 13 comments
  13. Java JDK 1.0 32 upvotes, 7 comments
  14. Counter-Strike Global Offsets: reliable remote code execution 169 upvotes, 63 comments
  15. Telescope.nvim: Find, Filter, Preview, Pick 41 upvotes, 11 comments
  16. Roden Crater 35 upvotes, 9 comments
  17. The Return of Fancy Tools 325 upvotes, 147 comments
  18. China lands rover on Mars 370 upvotes, 196 comments
  19. AmigaOS 3.2 145 upvotes, 73 comments
  20. TikTok Remix Culture 219 upvotes, 133 comments
  21. Don't Talk to Corp Dev (2015) 184 upvotes, 111 comments
  22. Reconstruction of ancient microbial genomes from the human gut 8 upvotes, 1 comments
  23. Delaying a Covid vaccine’s second dose boosts immune response 273 upvotes, 184 comments
  24. Old electric cars are a raw material of the future 20 upvotes, 11 comments
  25. TSMC looks to double down on U.S. chip factories as talks in Europe falter 345 upvotes, 355 comments
  26. The Bourne shell lets you set variables in if expressions 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  27. Anal oxygen administration may save lives 51 upvotes, 47 comments
  28. Lima: Linux-on-Mac 237 upvotes, 306 comments
  29. Overcoming Tab Overload 162 upvotes, 203 comments
  30. Our World in Data (YC W19) Is Hiring an Ops Officer in UK 0 upvotes, 0 comments