Wow this is sooo bad!
I am taking multiple Portuguese courses.
This includes the DuoLingo Portuguese Brazil user created course, 50languages and several others - besides the three offical Portuguese 1-3 by Memrise.
There are many more user created user PT courses (collequial, phrasebooks, hacking, etc.) on my list.
I rarely create text written Mems.
And if I really have to for words which do NOT stick into my head after several tries (without a mem) I just clicked on the mem button and scrolled through the list of available mems.
It was a really good feature.
Especially as you are LEAVING OUT course-owner created pictures for the added words like DuoLingo sometimes does (or tinycards) or www.languagecourse.net vocabulary trainer VT and many Android language learning apps do luckily (which is just THAT great, as it at least saves time to creating/searching mems).
Most found user created mems where great and included very nice pictures + text.
Most of the time I had directly choosen one or got great ideas from it.
Personally I would rate myself, that I am not a very talented Mem-creating person, which means I fail to have / find great graphic pictures to associate those with text for a word / phrase…I do not even have a good GFX idea.
Only text-created mems are neither nice nor always effective.
I very much miss for the “offical” Memrise Portuguese Basic + 1-3 courses a bigger Mem database!!!
It happens (I am not sure for what courses exactly) that there may be 1-2/3 mems for a word, but those user-created mems are not the best.
It happend multiple times that I clicked on the cancel button as I could not find a Mem.
And the system does not save this state, that I was unable to pick an existing mem from the database - which means I may even click multiple times on the Mem button in multiple review sessions (days and weeks between reviews).
So I really wonder why your team does not provide a huge Mem database for a normal-untalented user, selected from user ratings or created as an additional Pro service not only for the offical Memrise courses, e.g Portuguese (BR), Spanish, French, etc.
Taking away those little features like viewing user-created Mems, which I tried to use - when available - is IMHO a big step backwards as you do not replace it with any other Mem service 1:1, or a buyable option.
And as it was implemented so far, it probably also was not 100% perfect.
I can assure you that I will not be able to find/create pictures even if you take away the option to select existing Mems from a database
Are you somehow falling into the DuoLingo kids protection thing?
Taking features away, making stuff (much) more simple (DuoLingo select/arrange words vs free-typing on apps), just that kids of any age <16 or 18 years can use it?
You do not even want to know how many user Tampermonkey scripts I have to apply in parallel, to actually being able to work with your Memrise learning and review system and get a more powerful learning experience.
It could be quite easy:
- Create a “report mem” button.
- Create an additional down-vote button.
- Do it like DuoLingo does it with discussion posting ratings: 3 to 5 down-votes sends a user-created Mem to nirvana / disables the Mem to be seen by other users.
- user-created Mems (added to the database), auto-notifying you, have to be approved by your Memrise team before other users can see those (which is actually the same deciding which user-created Mems could be “shared” as a Memrise Pro service)
I really wonder how your offical Memrise mem database should look like as I am missing quite good mems for (Portuguese BR course) words too often or that those 1-3 user-created mems are too weak to be worth of selecting it (not always).
Please tell us more about a 2nd Memrise Pro mem creation service / big Mem database selection service for Basic + offical 1-7 courses, at least.
If you care that much about kids, like DuoLingo does, you should probably let an user put his age (kid, underage, 18++) into a box and then you can provide different services depending on THIS age.
Limiting features for a portal because of kids does not necessarily mean that you have to take it away from 18-21++ old account owners.
Why not have an user choose themselve in their settings, if they want to view user-created mems or not?
…And now please leave me alone with my “phantasy/GFX disability” creating my own powerful mems and instead of having to continue to learn and try to hammer all those (more difficult) words without any pictures / mem database into my head
PS: English is not my native language. Sorry if I made some mistakes.