Like Carthage’s old library, Yahoo Answers will be nothing more than a reminder when it shuts down on May 4th. The great knowledge stored in Yahoo Answers will not be available to future generations who need to cheat their homework or ask important questions such as “am I pregnant?”
Yahoo Answers was launched in 2005 as a Q&A platform, sort of Quora or some Reddit forums. Many users took it seriously, happily interacting with the Yahoo Answers community and accumulating “points” for answering questions. But the website was mostly known for its crazy questions, trolls, and math questions. Even now, Yahoo Answers is remembered as a meme, although the website attracts very few visitors thanks to modern forums, question and answer platforms, and intelligent search engines.
People who still use Yahoo Answers blame it on shutting down just about everything, especially trolls and anonymous users. In reality, Yahoo Answers is just a holdover from the mid-2000s and useless to modern internet users except for trolls. But people love to point finger at this sort of thing, and over time, users will likely blame Verizon for the shutdown.
Verizon is the parent company of Yahoo and has a long history of poor management of websites, including Tumblr and Yahoo Mail. Of course, Yahoo made similar moves before falling under the Verizon umbrella, buying and wrecking websites like GeoCities. It doesn’t help that Verizon refuses to provide Yahoo Answers data to archivists, who have less than a month to secure the site’s history.
Yahoo Answers will stop answering questions on April 20 and shut down completely on May 4. Users have until June 30 to request their data on the website. The Archive.org team is committed to collecting data from Yahoo Answers, but you should still request your data to make sure it isn’t lost forever.
Source: Verizon via The Verge