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. Computer System Engineering (MIT OCW) 143 upvotes, 7 comments
  2. Thanks HN: You helped save a company that now helps thousands make a living 1215 upvotes, 157 comments
  3. Hardware for Deep Learning. Part 4: ASIC 46 upvotes, 2 comments
  4. Escaping VirtualBox 6.1: Part 1 298 upvotes, 41 comments
  5. Building DigitalOcean's API Gateway 119 upvotes, 15 comments
  6. The Games That Weren’t 41 upvotes, 3 comments
  7. How to join a team and learn a codebase (2020) 160 upvotes, 27 comments
  8. Be My Eyes 481 upvotes, 99 comments
  9. Running a fake power plant on the internet for a month 166 upvotes, 37 comments
  10. Seagrass 'Neptune balls’ sieve millions of plastic particles from water 144 upvotes, 32 comments
  11. The difference between note-taking and note-making 66 upvotes, 14 comments
  12. Airbyte: Simple and extensible open-source EL(T) 36 upvotes, 6 comments
  13. Exploring Swap on FreeBSD 63 upvotes, 14 comments
  14. .NET NanoFramework 63 upvotes, 14 comments
  15. Maximizing Developer Effectiveness 316 upvotes, 124 comments
  16. Implementing cross-process locks 12 upvotes, 1 comments
  17. New ‘Action Roguelike’ C++ Project on GitHub 78 upvotes, 27 comments
  18. English as She Is Spoke 221 upvotes, 98 comments
  19. Alternative lightweight UI library to modern day frameworks 69 upvotes, 27 comments
  20. Limiting Private API Availability in Chromium 31 upvotes, 10 comments
  21. The Problem with Gradle 28 upvotes, 9 comments
  22. Meta-design: a manifesto for end-user development (2004) [pdf] 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  23. The Secret Apple M1 Coprocessor 71 upvotes, 40 comments
  24. How a senior journalist got scammed by a fake job offer from “Harvard” 19 upvotes, 7 comments
  25. The Insurrection Will Be Live Streamed: Notes Toward a Theory of Digitization 20 upvotes, 8 comments
  26. State of JavaScript 2020 141 upvotes, 126 comments
  27. Parler GPS Data Shows Users Posting from Military Bases 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  28. Predicting visible flicker in temporally changing images (2020) [pdf] 4 upvotes, 1 comments
  29. Have the Tables Turned on NoSQL? 113 upvotes, 161 comments
  30. Taplytics (YC W14) Is Hiring for Software Engs (FT and Co-Op) & Sales 0 upvotes, 0 comments