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Yahoo Answers is Shutting Down

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After serving as perhaps the longest running Q&A platform ever in the history of the internet, Yahoo Answers in finally shutting down. The platform has been operating since 2005 and will shut down on May 4th, 2021. After that day, Yahoo will began redirecting users to its homepage and the archives will be deleted.

Yahoo announced the news on Yahoo Answers’ homepage. The message links to an FAQ that further clarifies more things such as the timeline of shutdown and how to download your data. For those wondering how, you can download all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images posted on the platform. However, you won’t be able to download someone else’s content, questions, or answers.

Here is the note that was sent to the members of Yahoo Answers that provides a little 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 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 [email protected].

Sincerely, The Yahoo Answers team

Perhaps it was a good decision afterall.