It’s definitely not just you experiencing these things. I believe everyone is, because spammers are what’s happening to BT, unfortunately.
I haven’t been able to access the forums by using a link in a long time. I always have to type it in the search bar or do what you said.
The Q-n-A link was not only removed, but the ability to ask questions was disabled, too. As far as I know, you can’t even answer any questions that are already there, either.
And now the chat hasn’t been working properly lately.
I agree that they are most likely just cleaning up the mess the spammers left behind, and are trying to keep the situation under control, but it’s been awhile since we’ve seen these things, and it does make me wonder if we’ll ever see them return. I just fear what may be removed next, if another spamming issue arrises.
But overall, I still have hope.