ahoo quietly announced that it will shut down its Yahoo Answers platform this summer, redirecting users to Yahoo’s homepage and deleting its vast files uploaded by Internet users. Users who have participated in the platform have the option to save their data before the service is disabled, but you only have a few weeks to obtain it.
Yahoo revealed the decision to close Yahoo Answers using a banner placed at the top of the site. The notice, which was first spied on by The Verge, notes that this is the only change coming to Yahoo at this time and that accounts and other services will not be affected.
Yahoo Answers will be switched to read-only mode from April 20 to a full shutdown on May 4. If you go to the company’s support page on the subject, Yahoo says it will no longer be possible to access the Answers platform as of May 4 and that users will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage.
Users have until June 30 to download their Yahoo Answers data before it becomes unavailable. The data will include any questions that the user may have submitted, as well as answers and images. To download the content, you will need to have your Yahoo account credentials to sign in; go to the download tool to make the request.
The company notes that it may take up to 30 days for user data to be downloaded. The content is provided in JSON format, which means that you will need to download a JSON parser to browse the data – assuming you don’t want to browse through a regular text editor.