Say goodbye to bad questions and even worse answers.
If you were lucky enough to see the early days of the internet then you may have encountered Yahoo Answers, a Q&A platform where users can literally ask any question that anyone can answer. While the aim was to give accurate information from users, the site gained popularity due to the numerous questionable and at times hilarious questions that are then replied with even more outrageous answers.
Today, it was revealed that Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 16 years after it debuted in 2005. After this date, the URL will soon redirect to the Yahoo homepage. Yahoo is currently part of Verizon Media Group, which acquired the company in 2017 for $5 billion. Yahoo Answers will also stop accepting new submissions on April 20th, while users can request their data to be downloaded until June 30th.
“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,” the company said in an email sent to users.
“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.”
Shutting down Yahoo Answers could be beneficial for everyone since anyone could answer a question that was posted, there’s a good chance it can be a source of fake news.