This decision comes as we focus efforts on the development of our Learn, Immerse, Communicate experience.
In 2015 we realised that in order to deliver the immersive learning experience that language learners actually need in order to master a new language, we needed to be able to control how content was made. This was essential so that we could find the right videos to match each individual learners level and interest, and so that we could curate the words that you learn to match the conversations that you want to have. It was at this point that we moved from community courses being the centre of Memrise to Memrise's own official courses being the primary experience.
Soon after that, we removed search for community courses from the apps. This was important because the courses were of hugely varied quality and they didn't link to the video content that made Memrise unique. That meant that when they were easily discoverable they were giving a bad impression of Memrise to too many users.
While we've continued to maintain community courses for eight years, the ongoing support for community courses -particularly in the app- unfortunately comes at a significant cost. This hinders the development of the main Memrise experience that we know will help people actually acquire a language.
By sunsetting community courses in the app, we can allocate resources more efficiently, focusing on enhancing the main Memrise experience. While this decision has not been taken lightly, it is essential for maintaining the app's growth and ensuring a sustainable future for our language learning community.