Yahoo Answers was established in 2005. It’s one of the most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet. But now the company plans to shut it. The closure will occur on May 4th. After that, the website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage, and its archives will apparently cease to exist.
Verizon Media Group acquired Yahoo for nearly $5 billion in 2017. Under the new administration, the company made its decision about Yahoo Answers. It’s said that from April 20th, the platform will not accept new submissions.
Users will be able to request their data until June 30th. After that, it’ll be inaccessible. That includes “all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images.”
In a note to active Yahoo Answers members, the company announced:
Dear Yahoo Answers Community,
We launched Yahoo Answers sixteen years ago to help people around the world connect and share information. With you and millions of other users, we built the best place on the web to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics, creating a community of global knowledge sharing. While we could not have been prouder of what we accomplished together, we are reaching out today to let you know that we have decided to shut down Yahoo Answers on May 4th, 2021.
While Yahoo Answers war once a key 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 have decided to shift our resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo’s promise of providing premium trusted content.
Starting on April 20th you will no longer be able to post any new questions or answers. However, you can still view any posted questions and answers until May 4th. On May 4th the site will be shutting down. If you would like to download a copy of your questions and answers you have posted, you can do this by signing into Your Privacy Dashboard and requesting a download. You will be able to do this until June 30th, 2021 after which 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 further information and instructions on how to download your data, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN35642.html
Thank you for contributing to Yahoo Answers — we’re proud and honored to have helped you connect with and learn from the Yahoo community these past sixteen years. If you’d like to provide feedback, please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected].
Sincerely, The Yahoo Answers team
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