According to the latest news, one of the longest running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet, Yahoo Answers is going to shut down on 4th May 2021. Yahoo Answers has been operating since 2005. From 4th May onwards, the Yahoo Answers website will redirect to the Yahoo homepage and all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist.

Back in 2017, when Yahoo was sold to Verizon Media Group for nearly $5 billion, this change was announced at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. It links to an FAQ, which details the timeline of the shutdown. According to this FAQ section, from 20th April onwards, the platform won’t accept new submissions.

The FAQ section states that users will have a deadline till 30th June to request their data, after which, it will be inaccessible. Yahoo points out it includes “all user generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images.” Yahoo also pointed out that users “won’t be able to download other users’ content, questions, or answers.”

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A note has been sent to active Yahoo Answers members that explains why Yahoo is shutting down the platform in details. The note puts forward that “it has become less popular over the years” and that the company “decided to shift our resources away” from the product to “focus on products that better serve our members.”

The note reads:

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 was 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 yahoo_answers_sunset@verizonmedia.com.

Sincerely, The Yahoo Answers team.”

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