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HN doesn't show vote totals, but it does sort posts based on the number of votes (descending), so the more popular posts rise to the top, just like the front page.

HN most likely uses a combination of votes and time in scoring, similar to the reddit ranking algorithm: http://amix.dk/blog/post/19588

That isn't how the frontpage works, and if it did, we would rarely have news turnover.

Well, yes and no. Upvotes push submissions toward the top of the page, but the ranking algorithm also includes a decay factor so that old articles eventually fall away.

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