For many internet users, Yahoo Answers is a place that has enabled them to get answers to many of their lingering questions. Verizon who bought the company has announced that as of 4th May 2021, the platform will be shut down forever.
On the 4th of May, the platforms new audience will be directed to the homepage, and all of the platform’s archives will also be deactivated.
The platform that has been in existence since 2005 will be no more. It was the home for some of the best memes on the internet and was the go-to place for people who want to have interactions among others. The rise of Quora and Reddit brought tough competition which ultimately rendered the community for lack of a better word, useless.
After the announcement by Verizon regarding the closure of the community platform, the process will begin on April 20th where the platform will no longer accept new submissions, the FAQ explains.
Users will also have until June 30th to request their data or it’ll be inaccessible after that. That includes “all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images,” the company says, but “you won’t be able to download other users’ content, questions, or answers.”
Yahoo Sends a Communication to the Most Active Users
The company sent out a communication to a list of what they deemed the most active users of the platform;
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: Help Yahoo
Thank you for contributing to Yahoo Answers — we’re proud and honoured 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 Verizon Answers
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