On HN, stories that have a lot more comments than upvotes set off a “flamewar detector”. I’m not a fan of HN’s implementation as it results in the story being taken off the FP without explanation, but the idea seems reasonable.
There have been multiple stories people have complained about staying near the top for quite some time simply because people were either arguing with each other, arguing with the story’s author, or just went off topic.
This story has 5 upvotes and 25 comments (a ratio of 0.2), and yet it’s currently at #2 in the rankings. All of the comments so far are either pointing out flaws in the article or are unrelated to its content.