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. A Heavily-Commented Linux Kernel Source Code [pdf] 632 upvotes, 33 comments
  2. Useful Postgres Extension: Pg_stat_statements 120 upvotes, 4 comments
  3. Data-Driven Flowcharts in R Using DiagrammeR 56 upvotes, 3 comments
  4. The Story of Storytelling 15 upvotes, 0 comments
  5. New York governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps 326 upvotes, 65 comments
  6. Breaking Out of Docker via RunC 97 upvotes, 18 comments
  7. An update about Redis developments in 2019 293 upvotes, 77 comments
  8. World's largest bee, missing for 38 years, found alive in Indonesia 32 upvotes, 4 comments
  9. Some Details of My Personal Infrastructure 1166 upvotes, 363 comments
  10. Life and society are increasingly governed by numbers 87 upvotes, 21 comments
  11. KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers 15 upvotes, 1 comments
  12. Hayabusa-2: Japan Spacecraft Touches Down on Asteroid 420 upvotes, 144 comments
  13. Roma's Wounding Confession 79 upvotes, 26 comments
  14. 12-Year-Old Claims to Have Achieved Nuclear Fusion at Home (2018) 188 upvotes, 79 comments
  15. New 'more' link on HN front page 259 upvotes, 131 comments
  16. Inheriting the Trauma of Genocide 60 upvotes, 30 comments
  17. When Algorithms Think You Want to Die 34 upvotes, 15 comments
  18. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Review 70 upvotes, 38 comments
  19. Mcpp: A Portable C Preprocessor 10 upvotes, 2 comments
  20. Apple to Close Stores in Eastern District of Texas to Fight Patent Trolls 251 upvotes, 174 comments
  21. What Charles Bukowski’s Glamorous Displays of Alcoholism Left Out 101 upvotes, 62 comments
  22. Software Piracy Birthed an Underground Art Scene (2018) [video] 4 upvotes, 0 comments
  23. Sam Altman: Bay Area is no longer the obvious place for startups 126 upvotes, 109 comments
  24. Retired People Could Be Ideal Customers for Self-Driving Cars 32 upvotes, 21 comments
  25. Why's a Big Red Tanker Drifting Near Boston? 74 upvotes, 62 comments
  26. RIP Culture War Thread 209 upvotes, 202 comments
  27. Linus Torvalds on Why ARM Won't Win the Server Space 405 upvotes, 463 comments
  28. Launch HN: Modern Labor (YC W19) – Paying People to Learn to Code 207 upvotes, 232 comments
  29. Don’t Lead by Example 13 upvotes, 8 comments
  30. Overpaid CEOs 2019 50 upvotes, 151 comments