Yahoo Answers, one of the world’s longest-running Q&A platforms, is exiting the World Wide Web on May 4, 2021. In a post found on the website’s homepage, Yahoo said that the community-driven forum will be in “read-only mode” beginning April 20 until its permanent closure the following month.
Users can download their own data archive, which includes the lists of their questions and answers as well as images until June 30. After which, the Yahoo Answers webpage will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage.
Since its launch in July 2005, Yahoo Answers has been a platform for users to ask questions no holds barred. Posts range from topics such as “Is Donald Trump in denial?” to “What does it feel like to be 50 years old or older?” and “When was the last time you had Krispy Kreme donuts?” A report by Engadget states that the closure was caused by waning usage stats, with posts created by trolls getting the most play. Part of the decline was also brought about by Google’s own Q&A section.
Yahoo, meanwhile, wrote in a message to its users that although “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,” Yahoo added.
The company notes that the change will only affect Yahoo Answers and not other Yahoo properties or users’ Yahoo account.