Yahoo Answers, one of the most popular online forums where users posted public questions on different topics, is shutting down on May 4.
Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most iconic online forums in internet history, will be shut down on 4th May. The Yahoo Answers website will begin redirecting to the Yahoo homepage on that date, and all the platform’s archives will be removed.
The update was revealed at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage, which is now part of Verizon Media Group after the company was sold to the telecom for nearly $5 billion in 2017.
The Yahoo Answers platform will be available in read-only mode, starting April 20. It means users won’t be able to post new questions on Yahoo Answers questions or respond to others’. Yahoo Answers will redirect to Yahoo’s homepage after May 4.
Users can also download their Answers data from Yahoo. Subscribers have until June 30 to do so.
Yahoo Answers was running since 2005.
All user-generated content, including user’s Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images, will be returned in your Yahoo Answers data download. According to a FAQs page, “you won’t be able to download other users’ content, questions, or answers.”
Yahoo has also sent a note to all current Yahoo Answers users explaining why the service is being discontinued. Yahoo acknowledges in the note that the platform, Yahoo Answers has lost popularity over time, causing the company to redirect its resources to other growth products.
The note sent to active Yahoo Answers users explains why the is Yahoo Answers shutting down in more detail.
“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,” the company said in the note.
As per reports, other Q&A platforms, such as Reddit and Quora, are attracting many more users than Yahoo! Answers, which launched in 2005. Despite this, the old site continues to receive a significant amount of traffic. Yahoo! Answers is the 840th most visited site in the United States, according to SimilarWeb, with an estimated 60 million visits in February (Quora, on the other hand, received 504 million).
Perhaps the shutdown is for the better, given the platform’s apparent excessive amount of far-right conspiracy theories. Users have also speculated that the platform’s lack of content moderation may be one of the reasons why Yahoo Answers is being shut down.
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farewell Yahoo Answers!