One of the OGs in the history of the internet is shutting down forever.
Yahoo! Answers is one of the longest-running Q&A platforms and is shutting down for good after 16 long years. If you have been an avid fan of the website, you will only have until the 4th of May to say goodbye.
After that date, the Yahoo! Answers will start redirecting users to the Yahoo! homepage. Plus, all of the platform’s archives will seemingly cease to exist.
RIP Yahoo! Answers –– after 16 years
Yahoo! Answers first came about in 2005 –– that’s 16 years of operating. But for some who still haven’t got a clue what the website is about, here’s a quick look.
Yahoo! Answers is a community where users can ask questions and have them answered by other Yahoo! members.
The good thing about it is that users can ask any questions relating to any topics. Plus, you can be assured that answers will be coming from real people too.
Yahoo! Answers posted a notice regarding the closure of the website at the top part of their homepage. There’s a link in the announcement which directs users to the detailed timeline of the shutdown.
Furthermore, the post states that beginning April 20th, the website will no longer accept new question and answer submissions and will be on read-only mode.
Yahoo! is now part of the Verizon Media Group, after the latter’s buyout of the company last 2017 for nearly $5 billion.
What happens to old data in the website?
If you are one of Yahoo! Answers’ loyal users, you might wonder what will happen to your data. According to the website, users will have until June 30th to request and download their data. After that, all the data will be inaccessible.
According to Yahoo this includes all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images. You won’t be able to download other users’ content, questions, or answers.
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.htmlYahoo! Answers team
A note sent to Yahoo! Answers members provides details as to why the company is shutting down the website. They mentioned that “it has become less popular over the years,” with the company adding that they “decided to shift our resources away from the product to focus on products that better serve our members.”