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. FFmpeg 4.0 released 244 upvotes, 20 comments
  2. Show HN: A curated library of free music for content creators 207 upvotes, 29 comments
  3. The Key to Everything 44 upvotes, 3 comments
  4. Dissecting the NVIDIA Volta GPU Architecture via Microbenchmarking 18 upvotes, 0 comments
  5. A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost (2017) 79 upvotes, 9 comments
  6. Apple open-sources FoundationDB 1909 upvotes, 385 comments
  7. The first image on the very first Macintosh (2004) 58 upvotes, 6 comments
  8. BPF, EBPF, XDP and Bpfilter 87 upvotes, 11 comments
  9. Susan Kare designed the suite of icons that made the Macintosh revolutionary 355 upvotes, 68 comments
  10. German Supreme court: Adblocking and taxing advertisers for unblocking, legal 11 upvotes, 0 comments
  11. Rethinking GPS: Engineering Next-Gen Location at Uber 281 upvotes, 78 comments
  12. Smugmug Acquires Flickr 299 upvotes, 84 comments
  13. Mermaid: Markdown-like generation of diagrams and flowcharts from text 68 upvotes, 14 comments
  14. Designing very large JavaScript applications 188 upvotes, 58 comments
  15. Wang Tiles and Turing Machines 26 upvotes, 4 comments
  16. In Historic Move, Harvard Teaching and Research Assistants Vote to Unionize 72 upvotes, 19 comments
  17. Facebook has auto-enrolled users into a facial recognition test in Europe 401 upvotes, 158 comments
  18. Losing the Nobel Prize 56 upvotes, 16 comments
  19. Pulitzer Prize Winners Moving to PR: What Does That Say About Future Journalism? 35 upvotes, 10 comments
  20. Burr conspiracy 52 upvotes, 22 comments
  21. Xz format inadequate for long-term archiving (2017) 206 upvotes, 114 comments
  22. Show HN: Faster.js – a micro-optimizing JavaScript compiler 64 upvotes, 29 comments
  23. XS7 – A compact JavaScript engine for embedded applications 66 upvotes, 37 comments
  24. Wells Fargo Hit with $1B in Fines 459 upvotes, 337 comments
  25. Towards Scala 3 418 upvotes, 323 comments
  26. NeXT logo by Paul Rand (2010) 44 upvotes, 34 comments
  27. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ Reckoning Is Coming 202 upvotes, 213 comments
  28. Iceland Takes Hard Look at Tech Boom Sparked by Its Cheap, Bountiful Power 19 upvotes, 15 comments
  29. Want airline food? Take Amtrak 86 upvotes, 128 comments
  30. Segment (YC S11) Is Hiring a Back End Engineer for Personas Product 0 upvotes, 0 comments