Yahoo Answers expires May 4 and does not plan to provide an archive of 16 years of website content.
A notice in top of every Yahoo Answers page notifies users of the impending shutdown. It reads:
The notice directs users to a help page that offers more information on the shutdown process.
Here are some key dates to consider:
- April 20 : No new content can be added to Yahoo Answers, but users can continue to read existing content.
- May 4 : Yahoo Answers will not bemore accessible. The answers.yahoo.com website will redirect users to the Yahoo home page.
- June 30 : On the last day, users can request the upload of their own data.
Users can only upload an archive of content they have contributed to Yahoo Answers. After submitting a request, Yahoo may take up to 30 days to compile the data and make it downloadable.
Yahoo doesn't mention anything about making an archive of all site content available after May 4, and people aren't happy with it.
Viral tweet compares Yahoo Answers shutdown to historic Alexandria Library fire:
This Twitter user mentions that the decision to shut down Yahoo Answers stems from the service's underperformance.
Yahoo makes no mention of it on its help page, but it has said something to this effectin an email sent directly to Yahoo Answers members.
The email states:
Since Yahoo Answers will be deleted from the web in less than a month, Web archivists probably don't have the time to download the large amount of content.
However, as TechCrunch's Josh Constine points out, the quality of the content we lose can be debated:
People are sharing their favorite Yahoo Answers content on Twitter, reminding us of the gems we will no longer have access to.
Yahoo Answers has become a source of great memes over the years. Although, as other users point out, Yahoo erasing 16 years of Internet history does cause real concern.
Enjoy content from Yahoo Answers while it is still available for viewing.
Sources: Yahoo , The Verge