I agree. The panel stays and disappearing links/menus provide absolutely no added value. Horrible and useless, even hindering design. This should be submitted to the... how is this forum engine named? disqourse?
Most of the time I spend time with scrolled down content so although I've been using this forum from the very beginning, I never noticed those links... I always search it outside if I want something from wiki. Never thought I could access it directly from the forum. So it's not newbies who fall victim of this bad design.