Did you fall off your skateboard and bump your head, or what? Actually, I have never made any money from DH referrals. I don't use them, and have never published a promo code. If you were at all curious, my opinions on that whole subject have been stated many times on these forums: I think it is a conflict of interest to profit from a promo code when you are being paid for your advice. I do make money developing websites for clients and consulting on internet connectivity issues with clients. Dreamhost does not need me to "defend" them. That is completely irrelevant. It either works for you or it doesn't. At the end of the day, it "works" for me, and my clients. It obviously isn't working for you. Big Deal. Are you angry about that? If so, get over it, and yourself, and make a mature and intelligent business decision to move on. It is just juvenile to whine about it.
I never made such a representation, and I don't believe that such a representation is true. The reasons for "multi-day outages for the whole network" have been well documented in this forum, on status.dreamhost.com, and on blog.dreamhost.com. "Dude", learn to read!
As for many of the other problems you describe as being unrelated to the nature of shared hosting, you should know that to technically profficient people, you only advertise your ignorance if you maintain that many of these, or other of "their major issues" are unrelated to the nature of shared hosting: Multiple users, with widely varied levels of expertise (just read these forums for an indication of what I mean), running multiple scripts has everything to do with the stability of shared hosting.
Only a complete moron would argue that a single server under the control of a competent admin, who controls what is run on the server and how it is configured is less stable than a multi-user server. As for failing on a "regular basis", any one who has been educated at all in the nature of hardware understands that things will fail. The point of my post (apparantly completely lost in the "Dude, cut the crap" indignation that someone does not agree with you) was that if you believe that Dreamhost shared hosting, warts and all, does not meet your needs, just make a business decision and vote with your wallet; spend your money on a host that is more suitable to your needs.
My post also points out that YMMV, as there are others that still feel the scope of services Dreamhost provides for the money they charge make hosting many kinds of sites with Dreamhost a good "business" decision. Not true for everyone, or for every kind of site, but true for many sites run by business people not afflicted with the "Dude" language/education/intelligence impediment.
Well, that have to be more magical than gullible, as I have never published a promo code...I guess that old skateboard injury is acting up again
Actually (again, "Reading is Fundamental") many on these forums are talking about exactly these kinds of "usual" problems with their "mission critical", "fighting childhood cancer", "losing thousands of dollars a day", ("insert your vitrolic here") posts that are related to the nature of sharing a box with "skateboarder" admins.
Obviously, you have a limited understanding of what constitutes "major problems". Power failures, filer crashes, infrastructure expansion related issues (or three) that take some time to fix are part of the game at this price level and, while they are "major" while they remain unaddressed, and could become "major" again if nothing is learned, they go away when resolved and might not surface again for a considerable period of time if steps are taken to prevent them. I think other kinds of problems are also "major" problems, and that are likely to be routine and ongoing in nature, becuase they are primarily related to sharing a box between users.
One thing good about shared servers is often the truly problematic users are also the most clueless, and are the first to scream "the sky is falling" and leave when things happen they can't understand or that they feel their few dollars a month should have prevented. That makes the shared boxes an even better deal for those that realize there is good value to be had in a scope of services as broad as those offerred by Dreamhost for very little money and that "everything breaks" on occasion.
"No Promo Codes since 1998"