Yahoo Answers was once an iconic source for question and answer forums on the web, but next month, it will be shutting down. As first reported by the Verge, Yahoo Answers will officially shut down on May 4, signaling the end of an era.
Yahoo made this announcement by adding a banner to the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. The company says that starting on April 20, users will no longer be able to post any new questions or answers. Past questions and answers will be viewable until May 4.
On that day, Yahoo Answers will fully shut down and all links will redirect to the Yahoo homepage. Users will have until June 30, 2021, to request a copy of their Yahoo Answers data, the company says. This includes “all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images.”
Starting on April 20 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 4. On May 4 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 30, 2021, after which your Yahoo Answers data will be securely deleted and no longer available.
Yahoo explains that over the years, Yahoo Answers has become less popular among its users. As such, Yahoo told users that it has “decided to shift our resources away” from Answers to “focus on products that better serve our members.”
The shutdown of Yahoo Answers really does mark the end of an era for user-generated content on the web. You can learn more in the FAQ section on the Yahoo website. The company had quietly launched a Yahoo Answers app for iPhone in 2016, but it is no longer available.
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