"Autism friendly"? No, I don't think so. The original format worked and was a logical set up that was easy to use, this new format is a total illogical mess. The number of posts on this forum and the number of users making them were already in decline. I think this new layout will simply hasten that process. I for one won't be using or visiting this site in future. In fact as soon as I post this I'm going to close my account here.
I think I will get used to it, but it's going to take some time. It's a bit like learning to use Facebook for the first time all over again. I once used a blogging platform that was laid out like our old home page. It was easy to read, use and follow. Then they decided to change it all. Went offline for about a week. When it came back, everyone struggled. A lot of people left. I hope that doesn't happen here. I will persevere. Maybe if someone could post a primer - preferably with screen shot illustrations, explaining the new layout by reference to the old one. Just a thought.
I'm not enjoying the new format, it's not letting me see any replies and I'm having to scroll through whole threads.
I'm persisting but given I moderate o other forums that would have better mechanics I'm not convinced of this as the best solution