18 October 2019
Yahoo Answers, one of the first online questions & answers (Q&A) platforms, is finally shutting down on May 4th. The platform will be coming to the end of its lifecycle after 16 years since its debut in 2005. The company has made a quiet announcement through a banner at the top of the website that will alert all its users.
As per the announcement, Yahoo Answers will go into "read-only" mode starting April 20th. It simply means that users will not be able to post any new questions or answers on the platform. They will only be able to read already available content until May 4th after which the website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage.
If you are interested in downloading your content from the website, it should be done before June 30th after which everything will get deleted. You will have to sign in to your Yahoo content and visit the download section of the website. The next step is to select answers that you would like to download and mention an email address where you will be notified. Yahoo says it can take up to 30 days for the whole process to complete and download to become available. You can check detailed steps on the dedicated webpage to help you with everything.
Even though Yahoo Answers was one of the earliest platforms to allow users to ask and answer questions and connect with each other, it eventually could not compete with other players like Reddit and Quora. In an email sent to the users, Yahoo explained the rationale behind the decision as:
"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 war 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."