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. Google AI Education Resources 102 upvotes, 4 comments
  2. How Computers Boot Up (2008) 45 upvotes, 4 comments
  3. A Practitioner’s Guide to Deep Learning with Ludwig 36 upvotes, 3 comments
  4. Puffer – Stream live TV in the browser 221 upvotes, 45 comments
  5. Game Source Code Collection 310 upvotes, 70 comments
  6. Thoughts on Presenting (2014) 13 upvotes, 0 comments
  7. How Capitalism Changed American Literature 83 upvotes, 15 comments
  8. The Story of Metal Gear Solid’s English Translation 52 upvotes, 9 comments
  9. Today I solved a twelve-year-old Outlook mystery 56 upvotes, 11 comments
  10. Show HN: Sinuous - Small, blazing fast, reactive UI library 10 upvotes, 0 comments
  11. A simulation of the insurance industry: The problem of risk model homogeneity 101 upvotes, 26 comments
  12. YouTube was launched as a dating site 459 upvotes, 160 comments
  13. Dynamic Periodic Table (2017) 9 upvotes, 0 comments
  14. UK CO₂ Emissions Are Lowest Since 1888 Due to Government Intervention 13 upvotes, 1 comments
  15. Great Oxidation Event 22 upvotes, 4 comments
  16. Ancient History of Lyme Disease Revealed with Bacterial Genomes (2017) 65 upvotes, 20 comments
  17. Frontier: ORNL's 2021 exascale supercomputer will run on AMD CPUs and GPUs 69 upvotes, 22 comments
  18. Fsyncgate: Errors on fsync are unrecoverable (2018) 192 upvotes, 86 comments
  19. How is it like to be a dev in Iran 322 upvotes, 160 comments
  20. RethinkDB, SageMath, Andreessen-Horowitz, Basecamp and Open Source (2016) 26 upvotes, 7 comments
  21. Animals living alongside humans produce amylase, enzyme that breaks down starch 78 upvotes, 33 comments
  22. Browsers are pretty good at loading pages 370 upvotes, 207 comments
  23. Pure JavaScript WiFi QR Code Generator 44 upvotes, 17 comments
  24. A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Abandoned in the Night Woods 87 upvotes, 44 comments
  25. Click farms: a shadowy internet industry is booming in China 20 upvotes, 8 comments
  26. If this type of dark matter existed, people would be dying of unexplained wounds 78 upvotes, 52 comments
  27. Tesla Enters “Whistleblower Hell” 82 upvotes, 73 comments
  28. Startup Says It’s Changing Eye Care for the Better. Others See It Differently 20 upvotes, 13 comments
  29. Building a Reflow Oven 13 upvotes, 8 comments
  30. Why Americans Don’t Like Jazz (2003) 11 upvotes, 15 comments