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. Jailed Just-in-Time Compilation on iOS 119 upvotes, 11 comments
  2. Mathematics for the Adventurous Self-Learner 691 upvotes, 111 comments
  3. Routed Gothic Font 298 upvotes, 45 comments
  4. Famicom Party: Making NES Games in Assembly 85 upvotes, 10 comments
  5. Capturing ARKit scene into WebRTC video stream for React Native 32 upvotes, 2 comments
  6. The Original Sin of Software Metrics (2014) 58 upvotes, 8 comments
  7. Guide to running Elasticsearch in production 591 upvotes, 140 comments
  8. Overthinking it and the value of simple solutions (2019) 32 upvotes, 3 comments
  9. Double Slit Experiment and Bayes (2019) 46 upvotes, 6 comments
  10. Show HN: Search code in GitHub repos using regular expressions 419 upvotes, 112 comments
  11. Prepared statements and their surprising performance implications 107 upvotes, 23 comments
  12. Holes in Bayesian Statistics 92 upvotes, 21 comments
  13. Ballerina Programing Language 76 upvotes, 19 comments
  14. Year Without a Summer 199 upvotes, 77 comments
  15. Cellular Automata in the Browser 33 upvotes, 8 comments
  16. Why does WebAssembly need the relooper algorithm, instead of gotos? (2019) 128 upvotes, 48 comments
  17. Strings in WebAssembly 29 upvotes, 7 comments
  18. European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal 158 upvotes, 66 comments
  19. Which of these Amazon Prime purchases are real? 684 upvotes, 335 comments
  20. Nim Community Survey 2019 Results 125 upvotes, 52 comments
  21. The Newton Application Architecture (1994) [pdf] 65 upvotes, 26 comments
  22. I built a DIY license plate reader with a Raspberry Pi and machine learning 122 upvotes, 57 comments
  23. Iran lawmaker says 50 dead from new coronavirus in city of Qom 92 upvotes, 45 comments
  24. Hybrid Bank Account (2017) 55 upvotes, 28 comments
  25. Reflections on Software Performance 4 upvotes, 0 comments
  26. Paper Clay Air Humidifier 74 upvotes, 52 comments
  27. The BBC’s attempt to build a Netflix-style service was snuffed by regulation 133 upvotes, 131 comments
  28. Developer Experience: Fundamentally harder than normal UX 35 upvotes, 31 comments
  29. Reposurgeon Defeats All Monsters 6 upvotes, 3 comments
  30. Lightbeam: A Highly-Optimising Streaming WebAssembly Compiler (2019) [video] 3 upvotes, 1 comments