If that's indeed true (and why do I think it very likely is?) then it renders those sites rather useless.
It isn't the good news you need to know so desperately as the bad.
And by the by, something I've been curious about for some time: How are our revered, respected, admired, and valued friends at WebHostingTalk.com paying the freight, here?
This site has proven enormously useful to me personally; and likewise to others, as well, I'm sure. May I hope it remains so!
I for one wouldn't object in the least to seeing some banners up top to help pay the bills.