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Lang-8 ceases to accept new memberships

#1
Just found out Lang-8 is stopping new memberships and now forwarding users to Hi-Native instead, a truly bizarre decision as the two sites offer very different services. This will be a blow to language learners everywhere if permanent. 
Anyone know of other writing corrections sites out there?
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#2
Ugh, that sucks. It must not have proved profitable for them relative to HiNative.

italki.com had a feature for receiving correction from native speakers. Haven't checked yet to see if it's still there but I assume so. And you can also hire a tutor to give you a more formal correction/lesson (which I find more valuable/less stressful than receiving feedback from multiple random sources, but c'est la vie and all that).
Edited: 2017-03-13, 11:21 am
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#3
Oh no! I have a lang-8 account (though not very active). Does that mean all of our posts will cease to exist?

Also I just looked up HiNative and I agree, it is not the same service so I don't know why they would eliminate lang-8.
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#4
italki's notebook is a good enough substitute, though it is not designed for such comprehensive correcting as Lang-8 is. Maybe italki will seize upon this change to try to improve their notebook feature and entice Lang-8 users. 

I preferred Lang-8 to HiNative (tried the latter as a welcome supplement to Lang-8, but stopped using it when I realized I could find out more of the questions I had by just doing a little dictionary or internet research), but I could see it's more of a punchy app that will get them profit in the low attention-span world. It seems that HiNative does more to appease users' lazy instincts than to be an actually useful tool for motivated self-studiers.
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#5
There's a post on reddit as well ( https://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/c..._accounts/ )and the top comment there cites an e-mail that sounds as if it's only a temporary measurement. Let's hope that's true :S
Edited: 2017-03-13, 12:59 pm
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#6
(2017-03-13, 11:17 am)gaiaslastlaugh Wrote: Ugh, that sucks. It must not have proved profitable for them relative to HiNative.

italki.com had a feature for receiving correction from native speakers. Haven't checked yet to see if it's still there but I assume so. And you can also hire a tutor to give you a more formal correction/lesson (which I find more valuable/less stressful than receiving feedback from multiple random sources, but c'est la vie and all that).

I've heard good things about that site. Might end up moving there if Lang-8 closes down.

(2017-03-13, 12:27 pm)RawrPk Wrote: Oh no! I have a lang-8 account (though not very active). Does that mean all of our posts will cease to exist?

Also I just looked up HiNative and I agree, it is not the same service so I don't know why they would eliminate lang-8.

No, I don't think existing accounts are being affected at the moment but it doesn't bode well for the future of the site.

(2017-03-13, 12:37 pm)tashippy Wrote: It seems that HiNative does more to appease users' lazy instincts than to be an actually useful tool for motivated self-studiers.
Yeah, that's certainly true more often than not. I do think it can be useful if you run into an issue that absolutely can't be solved by a web search, but looking at many of the questions, it's full of people who clearly put no effort into finding an answer themselves (How do you say お疲れ様です? etc.)

(2017-03-13, 12:59 pm)sumsum Wrote: There's a post on reddit as well ( https://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/c..._accounts/ )and the top comment there cites an e-mail that sounds as if it's only a temporary measurement. Let's hope that's true :S

Yep, fingers crossed! 
The lack of transparency about this is disappointing.
Edited: 2017-03-13, 6:17 pm
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