2) Immediately references to a sketchy forum
WebHostingTalk is the biggest forum about webhosting in the world. It's pretty important if you work in that field*
---> That's debatable. I've worked in the web hosting industry for a very long time and I almost never go to that forum unless, im baited to it.
3) affiliate link + ads
Welcome to the internet.
I've got nothing against affiliates, or ads... heck - affiliate marketing is a very important part of the internet marketing ecosystem.
however, the very obvious absence of affiliates or ads on HN makes it a very nice place.