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. Exploring contravariance using Swift 50 upvotes, 2 comments
  2. Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant to Track Your Cellphone 1140 upvotes, 232 comments
  3. Show HN: I trained a neural network to write Kanji 115 upvotes, 19 comments
  4. Rust 2018: an early preview 117 upvotes, 20 comments
  5. Big Trouble at 3nm 39 upvotes, 4 comments
  6. Break down of a C64 demo effect 119 upvotes, 21 comments
  7. Mach-O Tricks [pdf] 12 upvotes, 0 comments
  8. Neanderthal vs. ND4J – Native Performance, Java and CPU 78 upvotes, 17 comments
  9. How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story 104 upvotes, 25 comments
  10. A sad update about a scissors maker that went viral 248 upvotes, 72 comments
  11. Postmates Wins New York Ruling Finding Couriers Not Employees 90 upvotes, 23 comments
  12. Poverty reduces brainpower needed for navigating other areas of life 77 upvotes, 20 comments
  13. Twitter ‘smytes’ customers 1325 upvotes, 533 comments
  14. MtGox: Announcement of Commencement of Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings [pdf] 158 upvotes, 57 comments
  15. Show HN: Material Dashboard – Free Admin for Bootstrap 4, React, Angular, Vue.js 347 upvotes, 141 comments
  16. Gluon – A static, type-inferred and embeddable language written in Rust 145 upvotes, 56 comments
  17. Unix Wildcards Gone Wild (2014) 61 upvotes, 20 comments
  18. On the Rise of FinTechs – Credit Scoring Using Digital Footprints 43 upvotes, 14 comments
  19. Methane leaks from US gas fields dwarf government estimates 172 upvotes, 78 comments
  20. One Island Grows 80% of the World’s Vanilla 291 upvotes, 146 comments
  21. Supreme Court Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Cell Phone Tracking 6 upvotes, 0 comments
  22. Ask HN: Have you shipped anything serious with a “serverless” architecture? 134 upvotes, 75 comments
  23. Unequal Cofounders 97 upvotes, 52 comments
  24. GitLab 11 released 91 upvotes, 49 comments
  25. Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro 458 upvotes, 303 comments
  26. IRC.com Bought by London Trust Media, Pledges an IRC Revival 385 upvotes, 266 comments
  27. Seximal: A better way to count [video] 94 upvotes, 74 comments
  28. Carlo Rovelli on the ‘greatest remaining mystery’: The nature of time 102 upvotes, 87 comments
  29. New Charges in Huge C.I.A. Breach Known as Vault 7 120 upvotes, 142 comments
  30. The myth of revealed preference for suburbs 67 upvotes, 85 comments