Yahoo Answers has been one of the oldest platforms offering online Q&A, but it is, unfortunately, now coming to an end. The Yahoo Answers website is shutting down on the 4th of May, so if you try to open it that day or later, it will redirect you to Yahoo’s homepage. Yahoo Answer’s archives will no longer exist either.
Yahoo Answers has been functioning since 2005, but with the rising popularity of other similar platforms such as Quora and Reddit, it hasn’t remained as practical anymore.
Yahoo announced the termination of Yahoo Answers at the top of the forum’s homepage and linked an FAQ that explains the timeline of the shutdown. According to the FAQ, Yahoo Answers won’t be accepting new submissions following the 20th of April.
Moreover, if any user wants to request their data, they can do so only until June 30th, as all data will be inaccessible after that. User data includes all user-generated content like Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images.
Yahoo also sent a detailed note to currently active members of Yahoo Answers, about the reasons behind the shutdown of the platform. “It has become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed,” said Yahoo. It further added that the company “decided to shift our resources away” from the product to “focus on products that better serve our members.”