First of all: the new forum looks like a big improvement over askbot while maintaining the same functionality (just set the Default Homepage to “Latest”).
While browsing the forum, I noticed some third-party requests which do not seem to be necessary. The one I could reproduce is the forum trying to load a favicon from https://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/favicon.ico.
I also saw some connections to discourse.org, but couldn’t pinpoint it further. Maybe, someone else noticed it to. In this case, please feel free to add to this thread.