One of the oldest and longest-running Q&A platform, Yahoo Answers, will switch to read-only mode on April 20 and shut down on May 4.
The changes to the platform won’t affect any Yahoo accounts or services. Anyone looking to download their data, including all the questions, answers and images they’ve posted, can do so before June 30, following which Yahoo will delete the database. This also means that there won’t be any archive for the 16 years of Yahoo Answers as all the data will be wiped off.
As mentioned above, post-April 20, no one will be able to post questions or answers. Following the shutdown, the Yahoo Answers website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage.
Users can only download their own questions, answers and images. Anyone looking to download their Yahoo Answers content can follow the instructions here. However, it might take up to 30 days to receive the content download file, which will be formatted in JSON.
Why is Yahoo Answers shutting down?
One of the primary reasons for the shut down of any company is usually a waning interest in their product, and the same is the case with Yahoo Answers. The company has decided to reallocate its resources to better-performing assets.
In an email to Yahoo Answers users, Yahoo said, “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.”
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