I hope I am posting this in the right place. I’m a language enthusiast currently devoting most of my life to learning Arabic, and have become fairly obsessed with exploring various methodologies, techniques, and materials. I stumbled on lingQ a while back, signed up, played with it a bit, and filed it away for future exploration. The recent conversations between you guys and Benny the Irishman drew me in and caused me to come back and explore things here a bit more. I am actually finding that I agree with a decent amount of what this method advocates, especially in terms of what should be done with the bulk of studying time. However, there are still a few things that suggest to me that the lingQ method would not be ideal for me (specifically the emphasis on flashcards, which I really dislike, and the lack of emphasis on grammar even for very complex languages, which as an Arabist I can only shake my head at). I am open to the idea that I’m wrong, and I would like to give lingQ something of an evaluation period at some point to see what I find.
However, that’s probably not going to happen under the current system here, because the number of lingqs available to non-paying members is simply too small for an effective evaluation, in my opinion. I seem to remember that one was allowed more when I first signed up (500?). I am curious as to why that changed. I assume there was an economic motivation, and of course I’m not going to tell you how to run your business. Nevertheless, I hope you will consider my input (hah!) on this matter. I would be much more likely to give lingq more of a go if either non-paying members were allowed more lingqs or if there was some sort of a trial basic membership option available.