Yahoo has announced that Yahoo Answers will shut down this year on May 4th. The website has been online since 2005, making it among the longest-running question-and-answer platforms on the Internet. Yahoo, which is a subsidiary of Verizon Media, detailed how the closure will go in an FAQ.
The company plans to start unsetting the platform on April 20th. This is when the website won’t accept new submissions. While the site closes on the 4th, users will have up to June 30th to download an archive of content posted to the website. When the closure is official and everything is done and dusted, attempting to access Yahoo Answers will take you to the Yahoo homepage. Yahoo explain that the service is getting shut down due to a lack of users and interaction.
“While 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,” the company told users. “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.”
One major reason Yahoo Answers doesn’t get the traffic it used to is that Google includes a Q&A section in search results. Typically if you ask Google a question it returns the answer in a widget so users don’t have to open another website. You’ll see another reason Yahoo Answers is being closed if you visit the website, as troll questions and answers tend to get the most attention.