Earlier this month Yahoo announced it would be shutting down Yahoo Answers, deleting the platform’s entire backlog of posts. The last day to post questions and answers was Tuesday, April 20, before it’s taken down altogether on May 4. The Yahoo Answers website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage. It’s the end of a part of the Internet culture. „It has become less popular over the years,” Yahoo said. First created in 2005, Yahoo Answers was a message board for people to post questions that could then be answered by anyone on the internet willing to help. Answering required no expertise. Yahoo Answers has been almost completely unregulated, which meant anyone could anonymously post whatever’s on their mind.
Comical Q&As were so common on Yahoo Answers that they gave rise to a cottage industry of podcasts and YouTube series that celebrated the most outlandish posts.There are other websites for questions and answers but no one is so popular as Yahoo Answers. It was used for many years, even illegaly, by Internet marketers. Yahoo Answers had a community. Yahoo is now part of Verizon Media Group following the company’s sale to the telecom for nearly $5 billion in 2017. „Thank you for contributing to Yahoo Answers — we’re proud and honored to have helped you connect with and learn from the Yahoo community these past sixteen years,” the company wrote in a letter to users.