Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the Internet, is shutting down on May 4. That’s the day the Yahoo Answers website starts redirecting to the Yahoo homepage and all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist. The platform has been active since 2005.
Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon Media Group after selling the company to telecom for nearly $ 5 billion in 2017, announced the change at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. The message links to a FAQ, describing the shutdown timeline. As of April 20, the platform will no longer accept new submissions, the FAQ explains.
Users also have until June 30 to request their data, otherwise it will no longer be accessible afterwards. That includes “all user-generated content, including your questionnaire, questions, list of answers, answers, and any images,” Yahoo says, but “you can’t download other users’ content, questions, or answers.”
A message sent to active Yahoo Answers members provides some more detail on why Yahoo is shutting down the platform, including that “it has become less popular over the years” and that the company “decided to take our resources away” of the product. to ‘focus on products that better serve our members’.
Dear Yahoo Answers Community,
We launched Yahoo Answers 16 years ago to help people around the world connect and share information. With you and millions of other users, we’ve built the best place on the web to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics, creating a community of global knowledge exchange. While we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished together, we’re contacting you today to let you know we’ve decided to close Yahoo Answers on May 4, 2021.
While Yahoo Answers War was once an important part of Yahoo’s products and services, it has become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed. To that end, we’ve decided to move our resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo’s promise to deliver quality, trusted content.
As of April 20, you will no longer be able to post new questions or answers. However, you can still view posted questions and answers until May 4. The site will be closed on 4 May. If you would like to download a copy of your questions and answers that you have posted, you can do so by signing up Your privacy dashboard and request a download. You can do this until June 30, 2021, after which time your Yahoo Answers data will be securely deleted and no longer available. The closure of Yahoo Answers will not affect your Yahoo account or other Yahoo services. For more information and instructions on how to download your data, please visit our FAQs or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN35642.html
Thank you for contributing to Yahoo Answers – we are proud and honored to have helped you connect and learn from the Yahoo community for the past 16 years. If you would like to provide feedback, feel free to reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, The Yahoo Answers Team
Perhaps the shutdown is best as the site appears to be overrun with far-right conspiratorial crap. On the current Yahoo Answers homepage, such introspective gems are highlighted in the discovery section, “Will America Survive 4 Years of Joe Biden?” and “Will there be record riots this summer by BLM and antifa?”, as well as this instant classic, “Was Stalin right about everything?”
May all the wayward souls of Yahoo Answers find the information they are looking for somewhere more credible now.