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. Why aren’t we talking more about airborne transmission? 80 upvotes, 14 comments
  2. Laws of UX 915 upvotes, 264 comments
  3. MNT Reform open source laptop with trackball 53 upvotes, 9 comments
  4. OpenJDK Comes to Windows 10 on ARM 102 upvotes, 23 comments
  5. Bill English has died 98 upvotes, 25 comments
  6. Launch HN: Stacker (YC S20) – Create Apps from Airtable or Google Sheets 109 upvotes, 30 comments
  7. PostgreSQL beginner guide 97 upvotes, 28 comments
  8. Show HN: High performance X11 animated wallpapers 169 upvotes, 59 comments
  9. Anachro-PC – The Anachronistic Personal Computer 35 upvotes, 8 comments
  10. Thomas Sowell, the Nonconformist 331 upvotes, 132 comments
  11. Pleroma: A Mastodon-compatible open and federated social networking server 225 upvotes, 93 comments
  12. Briar Project 319 upvotes, 145 comments
  13. Mastodon 3.2 253 upvotes, 113 comments
  14. Breaking into ASOS 37 upvotes, 13 comments
  15. Who Is Alexander Grothendieck? (2008) [pdf] 43 upvotes, 16 comments
  16. Show HN: Brick, a free Notion-like tool for zero-hassle site making 148 upvotes, 74 comments
  17. Trump administration gives TikTok 45 days to sell to Microsoft or leave US 8 upvotes, 1 comments
  18. The Truth Is Paywalled but the Lies Are Free 318 upvotes, 212 comments
  19. The rise, fall, and rise of the status pineapple 89 upvotes, 53 comments
  20. The saboteurs you can hire to end your relationship 108 upvotes, 70 comments
  21. US travel firm $4.5M ransom negotiation open chat 533 upvotes, 412 comments
  22. Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak 142 upvotes, 97 comments
  23. KLM to Lay Off 5k Employees Due to Covid-19 67 upvotes, 54 comments
  24. The custom ringtone industry paved the way for the app store and then vanished 72 upvotes, 71 comments
  25. Why I still use an old PowerPC Mac 168 upvotes, 203 comments
  26. Autodesk criticised by architects 211 upvotes, 270 comments
  27. Google to buy 6.6% stake in ADT in home security push 102 upvotes, 124 comments
  28. Show HN: Add video subtitles on the fly from plain text 4 upvotes, 1 comments
  29. Wirecard’s Boon is shutting down 28 upvotes, 31 comments
  30. EasyPost Is Hiring to Take over ECommerce 0 upvotes, 0 comments