EugeKarns8a, thank you for your memcode, I am definitely going to look at it.
The fact Memrise doesn’t include serious users’s feedback among the priority criteria, whenever they are changing things, is well known. Anyone remembering old Memrise Beta remembers this too. The new Memrise went basically against most things the community dreamt of back then. And we had to accept that the only way to “vote” for a feature was the classical “use or leave” method. It makes me leave from time to time, and return when I miss some of the features. Like many learners, I am not gonna return one day. But Memrise won’t mind, as the millions of the app-toy users are more profitable than serious learners.
I wouldn’t hold primarily this against Memrise that much. It is their business. But I definitely care about being able to download the course I did put dozens of hours in, as I’ve made it exactly to cover a gap on the “market” and I would hate to have to make it again. I definitely would like to be informed in time, before anything damaging course creation and keeping happens. I have a few large course projects (and potentially awesome ones, targetting some weak spots on the courselist) on mind but I am very reluctant to start them in this uncertainty.
I am normally content with Anki, but the way to make writing cards there is a bit complicated for me. Writing the words, that is my main reason to use Memrise. The high quality user made courses are another. The community aspect, especially the leaderboard motivating me to put in many hours in order to keep rank or get a few places higher, that was the third one.
Leaderboard is gone. The focus on app, which is much less useful as it is far too easy, that is not attractive to me. I really want to learn, not just to play. User based courses are almost impossible to search, and if they are getting broken, it is a problem. I wouldn’t mind the pro courses being paid and I might even use them, if the quality and level were sufficient, but I am not gonna use phrasebook copies with mistakes even for free. I am far beyond the level in those languages I am learning (actually, you can get past that level pretty fast), I am not a fan of memorising whole phrases, and I am definitely not a fan of occassionally learning mistakes.
So, if any writing based SRS arises, I’ll happily join. For now, there is Clozemaster, but you cannot make your own wordlists there. There is Anki, which doesn’t have a comfortable way to include writing. There are others, which didn’t suit me in other ways.
Thanks to everyone for bringing the issue to my attention (I really though the website was more or less a stable project, with just a few broken functions that would get fixed in an update or two). And to everyone working on projects that might serve the serious learners no longer satisfied with Memrise. I do not have the needed skills for such projects, so I can only offer my thanks, and eventually money for a good quality platform. I don’t mind paying a reasonable price, but only if I am a valued customer, getting full value for the money. I am not getting such an impression from Memrise Pro.