Memrise announced that user-created courses will be moved to a clone of the Memrise website, a new “Decks” website:
Reading the announcement thread, there seems to be an almost universal distrust that Memrise will indeed support community-created courses forever. The users in that thread are just the active users who you would want on board if you want your future community-driven website to thrive.
The best way to remove any doubt about the intention of Memrise is to remove the doubt: set up a nonprofit. The most trusted entities on the internet are nonprofits, Wikipedia and Khan Academy for example. With them there is no doubt why they are free and whether or not they have some ulterior motive. The only doubt is funding, which in this case could and likely would come from users and Memrise.
A community-driven website like Decks needs the trust of its users. If it doesn’t have that, even with the best intentions of the parent company, it is set up for failure from the start. A forever free website should also just be a nonprofit if you patiently think about it.
Do you support Memrise setting up a new nonprofit and putting the “Decks” website under that? Do you think you would be most willing to give it the
into the future if it were made into a nonprofit?
- Maybe yes.
- Maybe no.