agree with duaal and angharad.merfin
1.Memrise has created a sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. They hid the usermade courses from the app, and then found out new users were not using them. What a surprise. The user made courses had been the main product for years and certainly a popular one, but how can they compete, when they are hidden and the main issues concerning their use (above all the broken search function and no filters in the lists at all) were never solved? The fact they are still used so much despite these obstacles is a proof of how great they are.
2.If you’d look at my post in the other thread concerning the problems in the French course, or at the comments about the Japanese course by one of the teachers using Memrise and creating their own content, you will understand where the problems are. These courses are just a bait to catch newbies, who have a good intention but know nothing about language learning, and therefore won’t notice the bad quality and problems. There have been many users pointing out tons of mistakes, that is not a sign of a paid high quality product. And the critics tend to be the more experienced users or teachers usually, those “opinionated views” are opinions of people with much more knowledge and experience than the supposed “linguists” at Memrise are showing.
3.video,audio,grammar bot,… all those things are nice. But they are of limited usefulness, when the main content is trash. If you want to play with toys, pay for the official courses. If you want to really learn a language, get a real coursebook and use the Decks as a supplement.
4.Lazy people? Shouldn’t that be judged by what how much we learn, not by how much we pay? Just an idea. The problem is not whether there are sales. The problem is, that Memrise is offering a low quality product for such a price. Even the 30 dollars a year are too much for this. A course that will teach you mistakes is not worth that.