Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet, is shutting down on May 4th. That’s the day the Yahoo Answers website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage, and all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist. The platform has been operating since 2005.
Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon Media Group following the company’s sale to the telecom for nearly $5 billion in 2017, announced the change at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. The message links to an FAQ, which details the timeline of the shutdown. Starting April 20th, the platform will no longer accept new submissions, the FAQ explains.
Users will also have until June 30th to request their data or it’ll be inaccessible after that. That includes “all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images,” Yahoo says, but “you won’t be able to download other users’ content, questions, or answers.”
I still hold a soft spot for old Yahoo even if they do a lot of stupid shit. I met my wife through (the also defunct) Yahoo Personals and we’ve been married for 12 years...
...and had three babbys together.
On the other hand Yahoo Messenger was a wretched huge of scum and villainy with user created chats that were completely unmoderated and loaded with chatrooms explicitly for adults seeking kids.
I say that as a young teen who did not appreciate the dangers at the time and was lucky to not get into trouble.
As someone that heavily used AOL and Yahoo chats....facts. I never used the user created rooms but yikes. Most current day ones aren’t much better. You can report the same creeps from morning until the cows come home and they’re still posting the same creepy shit months later.
Although it’s greatly helped my wife and I decide how we handle our kids internet access.
Last Edit: Apr 6, 2021 10:55:34 GMT -5 by Rolent Tex