Seriously the mems should not be gone. They’re what make Memrise MEMrise, after all!
The community-created courses that are old and popular have accumulated quite a number of mems that I find very useful. On my computer, I’ve been using Beta, which is indeed a nicer-looking layout. But mems are not available on Beta, so sometimes when I find a word difficult and would like to get some help from mems, I will go to the mobile app and look for the mems for that word. This is how useful mems are!
I’ve read the article regarding why they’ve decided to retire mems, where I see no convincing reasons for the decision. They just say they’ve “found out that the majority of learners that have access to them do not use them” from “more recent research and data”. If that is the case, isn’t it more reasonable to improve the layout for mems and to encourage the creation and use of mems, than to retire them? (Not to mention I doubt if the reduced usage of mems is simply a consequence of mems being not available in Beta.) It seems that Memrise has taken the lazy approach so that they don’t have to spend time and effort to maintain the mems!
As a subscriber and long-time user (about 6 years) of Memrise who have accumulated almost 24M points, I frankly find the decision very disappointing. Please, WITHDRAW it and keep Memrise MEMrise.