WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Yahoo Answers, which contains some of the weirdest and funniest questions in the world, is shutting down in May.
- Becoming “less popular over the years” has prompted the permanent closure of the 15-year-old platform.
- Users are given until June 30 to request for specific data.
Yahoo Answers, an online lounge for the weirdest and funniest questions, is closing down soon — and for good.
Yahoo announced through a banner at Yahoo Answers that the longtime platform will shut down in May and will be available in “read-only” form starting April 20. Users can post questions and replies only before that date. On May 4, users will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage if they try to access the Q&A platform.
Based on a memo sent to Yahoo Answers users and obtained by The Verge, the shut down was influenced by the site’s less popular performance.
“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 letter read. “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.”
Stored data, or any “user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images,” can still be requested by users until June 30. Other users’ info will not be available for download.
Since its launch in 2005, Yahoo Answers has been famous for its pool of wild and humorous questions which are often answered with equally entertaining responses. Recently, however, The Verge noted that many of the top questions on the website are related to politics.
For over 15 years, the reservoir contains different topics ranging from astronomy (Do you think humans will ever walk on the sun?), relationships (Did I turn my boyfriend into a vampire?) or the mythical (Is there a spell to become a mermaid that actually works?).
These types of strange questions could be the reason why Yahoo Answers has remained standing throughout the years, building loyalty among consumers.
One active user, Lord Bearclaw of Gryphon Woods, has even engaged himself in more than 10,600 questions — which, apparently, will only be junked soon.