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. Machine Learning Crash Course 115 upvotes, 2 comments
  2. L-systems 194 upvotes, 32 comments
  3. Books on Critical Thinking 36 upvotes, 3 comments
  4. Facebook Just Gave Repressive Regimes the Ultimate Surveillance Blueprint 14 upvotes, 0 comments
  5. Longread: A feud over a URL ended in a bloody shootout 11 upvotes, 0 comments
  6. Refinery: SQL Migration Toolkit for Rust 72 upvotes, 15 comments
  7. Asciinema – Record and share terminal sessions 216 upvotes, 62 comments
  8. Quadratic Payments: A Primer 42 upvotes, 12 comments
  9. The Evolution of Management: Transitioning Up the Ladder 44 upvotes, 13 comments
  10. Writing an ALSA Driver (2007) 18 upvotes, 4 comments
  11. Google Sued Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act 56 upvotes, 22 comments
  12. Elements of AI course to be made available in all EU languages 134 upvotes, 73 comments
  13. A Noble Purpose Alone Won’t Transform Your Company 26 upvotes, 9 comments
  14. Threads can infect each other with their low priority 53 upvotes, 24 comments
  15. Show HN: React-use-fuzzy – React hook in TypeScript for client side fuzzy search 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  16. Facebook Tells Barr It Won’t Open Up Encrypted Messages 49 upvotes, 26 comments
  17. Gamma-ray laser moves a step closer to reality 35 upvotes, 17 comments
  18. Apple Sues Nuvia’s CEO, a Former Employee 61 upvotes, 35 comments
  19. Granular convection 20 upvotes, 8 comments
  20. Using Makefile(s) for Go 79 upvotes, 50 comments
  21. Show HN: Flash replacement 78 upvotes, 54 comments
  22. Get companies to erase your personal data – automated CCPA deletion requests 55 upvotes, 36 comments
  23. New Floating Cycle Roundabout (2012) 53 upvotes, 36 comments
  24. Google under investigation for ‘Thanksgiving Four’ firings, discouraging unions 131 upvotes, 106 comments
  25. Man sentenced to prison after assault of domain name owner who refused to sell 102 upvotes, 85 comments
  26. Ask HN: How to improve code quality while maintaining decent velocity? 133 upvotes, 130 comments
  27. Hiring Is Obsolete (2005) 37 upvotes, 32 comments
  28. Bot can beat humans in multiplayer hidden-role games 10 upvotes, 5 comments
  29. Why Kids Love Garbage Trucks 112 upvotes, 130 comments
  30. New airplane seat design to make it easier to sleep in economy 228 upvotes, 377 comments