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. How to price a product, sell it to customers, and build a sales team 134 upvotes, 7 comments
  2. Paper Airplane Designs 1602 upvotes, 188 comments
  3. Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants 50 upvotes, 2 comments
  4. A tutorial on PCA: mathematical derivation, numpy code, test on a toy dataset 31 upvotes, 1 comments
  5. GraphSense – A Scalable Cryptocurrency Analytics Platform 51 upvotes, 5 comments
  6. Improving AI language understanding by combining multiple word representations 42 upvotes, 4 comments
  7. Tracking Users Across the Web via TLS Session Resumption 112 upvotes, 20 comments
  8. New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power 29 upvotes, 3 comments
  9. New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry into Net Neutrality Comments 75 upvotes, 15 comments
  10. Japan's Hometown Tax 530 upvotes, 162 comments
  11. I woke up unable to speak English 146 upvotes, 42 comments
  12. How to Build a Real-Time Object Detection iOS App Using TensorFlow 58 upvotes, 13 comments
  13. Let’s talk about PAKE 14 upvotes, 1 comments
  14. “Whole Earth” origin (1976) 22 upvotes, 4 comments
  15. Paul Buchheit on Joining Google, How to Become a Great Engineer, and Happiness 566 upvotes, 261 comments
  16. Asterix in Translation: The Genius of Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge 7 upvotes, 0 comments
  17. 3factor apps: a pattern for fast iteration, resilience and high scalability 91 upvotes, 34 comments
  18. The story of ISPC: origins (part 1) 16 upvotes, 3 comments
  19. Show HN: Applying for jobs? Manage all your interviews in one place 59 upvotes, 22 comments
  20. Winamp 5.8 Release – First update in 5 years 76 upvotes, 34 comments
  21. Consistency Without Clocks: FaunaDB's Distributed Transaction Protocol 82 upvotes, 38 comments
  22. Apple CEO Tim Cook Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story 250 upvotes, 139 comments
  23. Introducing the Distance Field Generator 21 upvotes, 7 comments
  24. Postcards from Big Brother: The Curious Propaganda of a Brutal Soviet Era 67 upvotes, 36 comments
  25. Intel 9th Gen Review 80 upvotes, 55 comments
  26. FT8 – Tipping Point for Ham Radio? 80 upvotes, 64 comments
  27. Rent the Runway Wants to Lend You Your Look 17 upvotes, 10 comments
  28. 42 percent of new cancer patients lose their life savings 89 upvotes, 87 comments
  29. Cleveland.com’s ‘right to be forgotten’ removes names from some crime stories 61 upvotes, 79 comments
  30. Guilded (YC S17) is hiring senior full-stack engineers to connect gaming teams 0 upvotes, 0 comments