In case it helps you with your scheduling and future plans, Upwork will not be getting rid of connects.
The original poster in this thread IS correct that there is a problem preventing him from getting candidates for his job.
That problem is not connects.
Hopefully the only problem he has is a temporary technical glitch.
As a client, my experience on Upwork has markedly improved since the introduction of connects.
Steve : My last job posting for a Wordpress dev didn't get a single response.
Steve, I am a freelancer and I can understand what are you feeling; but I believe its not because of Connects-concept. there was one more issue, our proposals are not getting submitted to clients, but I hope this will be solved quickly.
I am also a wordpress developer, but I have no idea that how will you see my proposal. And the fact is, I and so many others just stopped applying until the issue get solved.
Let me know, if I can help you.