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. SQLite now allows multiple recursive SELECT statements in a single recursive CTE 342 upvotes, 50 comments
  2. The First Few Milliseconds of an HTTPS Connection (2009) 93 upvotes, 12 comments
  3. Study reveals restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy 194 upvotes, 39 comments
  4. PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network 124 upvotes, 23 comments
  5. Life cycle patterns of cognitive performance over the long run 20 upvotes, 1 comments
  6. Tom Lehrer releases song lyrics to public domain 443 upvotes, 118 comments
  7. Building Netflix's Distributed Tracing Infrastructure 37 upvotes, 5 comments
  8. Prologue: A powerful web framework written in Nim 29 upvotes, 6 comments
  9. Cloudflare Analytics review 61 upvotes, 18 comments
  10. Adolphe Sax, Inventor of the Saxophone 65 upvotes, 21 comments
  11. U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly 1482 upvotes, 775 comments
  12. I enforced the AGPL on my code, here's how it went 84 upvotes, 34 comments
  13. Discipline Doesn’t Scale 251 upvotes, 127 comments
  14. Scientists Just Discovered a Mysterious Organ Lurking in the Centre of the Head 158 upvotes, 78 comments
  15. NetBSD 9.1 9 upvotes, 1 comments
  16. Show HN: TidalWaves API – live, tokenized news metadata from around the world 52 upvotes, 22 comments
  17. Hands-Free Coding: How I develop software using dictation and eye-tracking 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  18. PySpark Style Guide 26 upvotes, 12 comments
  19. Cognitive deficits in people who have recovered from Covid-19 119 upvotes, 82 comments
  20. LocalCDN – an extension that emulates CDN to improve your online privacy 43 upvotes, 25 comments
  21. Forcing Functions in Software Development 47 upvotes, 28 comments
  22. Studies Point to Big Drop in Covid-19 Death Rates 12 upvotes, 4 comments
  23. What ORMs Have Taught Me: Just Learn SQL (2014) 258 upvotes, 217 comments
  24. Markets are efficient if and only if P=NP (2010) 126 upvotes, 103 comments
  25. Localisation is too hard for Gmail 40 upvotes, 26 comments
  26. Mozilla Reaction to U.S. vs. Google 115 upvotes, 107 comments
  27. Why Does the U.S. Have Three Electrical Grids? 132 upvotes, 131 comments
  28. VSCode's Approach to Issue Grooming 45 upvotes, 40 comments
  29. Forklift truck drivers who never leave their desks 19 upvotes, 14 comments
  30. Cargo-style dependency management for C, C++ and other languages with Meson 52 upvotes, 93 comments