It’s time to say goodbye to one of the most famous Q&A platforms.
On Tuesday, Yahoo announced that it will be closing down its Yahoo Answers, the social Q&A platform, on the 4th of May.
The shutting down of this platform means that now users can not post questions or answers on it.
If you were to go to Yahoo Answers, you can see the page explaining what is happening on the top.
Yahoo sent out an email and a statement on its site where it read:
“Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4, 2021 (Eastern Time), and beginning April 20, 2021 (Eastern Time), the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services or your Yahoo account. You can find more information about the Yahoo Answers shutdown and how to download your data on this help page.”
In the announcement, they linked a FAQ page it said that the users will be able to see the read-only version of the Yahoo Answers will be available only from 20 April to May 4.
After that, the Yahoo answers will completely shut down, and any user who will try to go to that page will get redirected to the Yahoo Main page.
The Yahoo Answers department started in June 2005.
This site was a source of internet comedy, funny memes because the questions would not get worded that well, and answers would often be completely wrong.
One example is from a post that a user Kavya wrote in 2006, where the user asked:
How baby gets formed? How girl get pregnant?”
Nowadays, the first page of Yahoo Answers has gotten filled with conspiracy questions about the presidency of Joe Biden, and Holocaust and so much more.
Users have the advantage of downloading the data of Yahoo Answers before the department gets shut down.
You can do so by:
- Login to your google account
- Go to Privacy Dashboard and Controls
- Go to Download and view your Yahoo data
- Click Download My Data
You will receive the data archive in the email that you provide. It can take 30 days for you to receive the downloaded data.
However, if you want the data, you have to put in the request before 30th June 2021.
As Yahoo stated
“Your content must be requested before June 30, 2021.”
Yahoo Answers also sent a notice to their active members on their Yahoo Answers platform letting them know of the shutdown, according to The Verge.
Yahoo began the message with:
“We launched Yahoo Answers sixteen years ago to help people around the world connect and share information”
They further said:
“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 note further says that Yahoo Answers has gotten to be an important part of Yahoo. However, with time it has become less popular. Therefore, the best thing for them was to use the resources from Yahoo answers to other products and services that consumers want.
It is goodbye to Yahoo Answers from us!