#1 is a response to
The decision to create Decks as a website only is down to resources (though the site will work smoothly on your mobile web-browser). As much as we are growing, we are nonetheless very resource-constrained, and we decided not to plan for a Decks app or offline mode. As some of you have commented, we did come to this decision after a careful analysis of how and where community-created content is being learned, which is overwhelmingly online.
We can continue to fund your Memrise official courses and to fund the maintenance of user-created courses within the official app.
#2 is a response to
The purpose of this split, again, is to allow us to move fast on developing the main Memrise product for the vast core of our learners, whilst honouring those people who do still learn community-made courses.
As a programmer, splitting the technical infrastructure like this would be fairly easy, something likely doable in an hour. For the mobile app, one would simply need to duplicate the course learning code, and change the server the online requests point to, and add an if statement to use the new code.
For the server, you’d need to copy the databases, which you’ve presumably already done with the creation of Decks.
Indeed we will continue to pay for the maintenance of existing technical infrastructure through our Pro subscriptions.