My opinion of Memrise went from a rating of 5 to a 1.5 overnight. Users of the beta group spent months/years in helping contribute to make a more stable and useful app. And now you rip it away for anyone who isn’t in an official course. In fact, the community courses include some excellent if not superior courses for conlang and other developing languages that are real and growing. Klingon and Na’vi just to name two. But you are throwing them out along with other well thought language courses.
I say throwing because the ability to be able to interact and learn, while not plugged into the internet, is core. Not all devices have cell cards nor do people pay for data plans. The only reason I ever paid for the Pro version, was to have the offline capability. Now that you are taking that away, there’s no point.
From a business point of view, you’ve really made an error. Unless your sole intention is to package Memrise to sell it off to someone like RosettaStone or Pimsleur and pocket a bonus.
The paid Pro service was specific in that a benefit was to have offline usability. You’ve accepted our funds and now are doing, what we call in the US, “bait and switch”. This is fraud as there was no end of service agreement to at least run out our existing service contract. I can’t speak for UK law, but in the US, this is certainly eligible for a class action suit on behalf of Pro members. I encourage you to reconsider. At the very least, take the existing Memrise app, freeze development on it, and let it stand allowing offline continued learning for this so called “Decks” cast off web portal.
I will be cancelling my Pro account accordingly when the switch is enacted. Watch your Google Store ratings crash with it.
Very disappointed. You had a unique, effective, interactive product with the app. To make such a radical change to your business model is, to put it bluntly, barking mad…