A long-time place for some of the Internet’s weirdest and funniest questions, Yahoo Answers, will be shutting down for good in May and as of April 20, will enter a ‘read-only’ mode…
— The Verge (@verge) April 5, 2021
The Q&A platform will be closing its doors, as Yahoo announced with a banner posted to the top of the website this week. The ‘read-only’ mode from April 20 onwards will prevent users from submitting any new questions or replying to threads.
So, if you’ve had a burning, odd question you’ve been meaning to ask, the time to do so is now. Then on May 4, anyone trying to access Yahoo Answers will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage, so users will be locked out of all the content that has been posted since its launch in 2005.
Damn, #YahooAnswers really had 13 year old me thinking that I’d have a prosperous future as a therapist.
— Inahsarp (@inahsarp) April 7, 2021
Should you want to request your data, you have until June 30, and that includes any ‘user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images’. Other info won’t be available for download.
Over the last 15 years, Yahoo Answers has become known for its wild yet humorous questions often met with equally entertaining replies. Nowadays, it has been surpassed by other Q&A platforms, like Reddit.
RIP to all the students who depended on #YahooAnswers to answer their impossible hw question idk what I’m gonna do next year 😭
— Sofia (@sofiape225rules) April 7, 2021
Despite this, Yahoo Answers has still developed a loyal following over the years – one user, Lord Bearclaw of Gryphon Wood, has answered over 10,600 questions. I mean, true heroes don’t wear capes, right?
As for why Yahoo Answers is shutting down its site, they shared that it’s simply because it became ‘less popular over the years’.