Yahoo Answers will close on May 4, 2021. The website has been around since 2005, making it one of the oldest question-and-answer platforms on the internet. In one Faq spotted by The edge, Yahoo (which is owned by Engadget’s parent company, Verizon Media) details how the process unfolds.
The company will begin removing the platform on April 20. That’s when he plans to stop accepting new submissions. After May 4, you will have until June 30 to download an archive of content you have posted to the website. When all is said and done, the Yahoo Answers web page redirects to the Yahoo home page. As you can imagine, the company’s decision to shut down the website comes down to a decrease in usage statistics.
“While Yahoo Answers was once a key component of Yahoo’s products and services, it has become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed,” the company said in a message to users. “To that end, we’ve decided to shift our resources from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo’s promise of delivering top-quality, trusted content.”
As to what you can attribute to this decline, part of the problem is that Google includes its own question and answer section. When it comes to most questions, the company’s search engine provides a widget which allows you to get a quick response without going to another website. Another likely reason is a visit to the Yahoo Answers home page. The quality of publications has declined in recent years, with publications created by trolls get the most play.