Yahoo Answers, which has been around since 2005 and is one of the longest-running online Q&A sites, will be shutting down permanently on May 4. The move was announced at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage, which is now owned by Verizon Media Group.
The message includes a link to a frequently asked questions page that explains the shutdown’s timeline. The platform will no longer allow new submissions after April 20, according to the FAQ, as stated by The Verge on Monday. A note sent to active Yahoo Answers users explains why the site is being shut down in full detail.
A note sent to active Yahoo Answers users explains why the platform is being shut down in more detail.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, The Yahoo Answers team
Users will also have until June 30 to request their data, after which it will be unavailable. Users will no longer be able to post new questions or answers after April 20, according to the report.
If you’d like to download a copy of the questions and answers you’ve posted, sign into Your Privacy Dashboard and request a download.
You can do so until June 30, 2021, after which your Yahoo Answers data will be permanently deleted and no longer accessible, according to the company. Yahoo Answers’ closure would have no effect on your Yahoo account or other Yahoo services.