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. Visualizing Complex Functions 35 upvotes, 0 comments
  2. Just a Drop in the Bucket (1994) 66 upvotes, 3 comments
  3. Curing the Vulnerable Parser: Design Patterns for Secure Input Handling (2017) [pdf] 18 upvotes, 0 comments
  4. Cloud Management with Prolog 50 upvotes, 5 comments
  5. MS TextWorld: open-source engine that both generates and simulates text games 186 upvotes, 32 comments
  6. Rules for Autocomplete 47 upvotes, 8 comments
  7. The Cloud is Just Another Sun [video] 68 upvotes, 14 comments
  8. U.S. Firms Are Helping Build China’s Orwellian State 93 upvotes, 24 comments
  9. Show HN: H2 Forth CPU 70 upvotes, 17 comments
  10. Producing industrial hydrogen from biomass 191 upvotes, 62 comments
  11. Pixelfed – An alternative to centralized image sharing platforms 225 upvotes, 84 comments
  12. Startups Lose in a Low-Rate World, and the Fed Is Blaming Itself 32 upvotes, 7 comments
  13. Pika/web: Web Apps Without the Bundler 172 upvotes, 63 comments
  14. A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On 25 upvotes, 5 comments
  15. Backpropogation Is Just Steepest Descent with Automatic Differentiation (2013) 58 upvotes, 18 comments
  16. Volk Fi: Distributed network smartphone 104 upvotes, 38 comments
  17. Lisp Macros, Delayed Evaluation and the Evolution of Smalltalk 36 upvotes, 11 comments
  18. Open Source Doesn’t Make Money Because It Isn’t Designed to Make Money 618 upvotes, 359 comments
  19. Stepping into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun 153 upvotes, 78 comments
  20. Hilma af Klint: Painting the Beyond 9 upvotes, 1 comments
  21. Firefox 66.0 Aims to Reduce Online Annoyances 724 upvotes, 525 comments
  22. New study provides evidence that we need different drugs for men and women 38 upvotes, 18 comments
  23. How to take back control of /etc/resolv.conf on Linux 162 upvotes, 106 comments
  24. China's e-buses dent oil demand more than electric cars do 144 upvotes, 116 comments
  25. Students don't seem to be getting much out of higher education 116 upvotes, 95 comments
  26. Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 on the Day Before Deadly Crash 187 upvotes, 165 comments
  27. Android users in Europe will be asked which browser and search engine they want 93 upvotes, 80 comments
  28. Ways to Look at the Color Black 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  29. Java 12 243 upvotes, 272 comments
  30. Etleap (YC W13) Is Hiring an Account Executive in SF or NY 0 upvotes, 0 comments