Goodbye, Yahoo Answers

By Marco McEldowney, reporter

Yahoo Answers was launched on June 28th, 2005. It was created as a discussion forum for asking questions and getting honest, helpful answers and advice. So naturally, it was used for just about anything but that. Yahoo Answers has a long history of having absurd questions asked from plenty of users, including “How many calories are there in soap?”, “Was that dog Eddie on Frasier a real dog or computer-generated?” and “What if one day the cows fight back?”. It gained notoriety throughout the internet not just for how funny they were to most people, but also for being a genuinely good place to get advice; however, all of it is coming to an end this May.

On April 5th, Yahoo announced it would be shutting down its Q&A platform, with the reason being decreased usage of the site, saying, “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.” This results from other, more popular sites emerging, as well as Answers losing practicality from nonsense submissions. All of the questions and answers ever asked were deleted later in the month, and users couldn’t post questions starting on April 20th. This is the second time Yahoo has shut down their Q&A forum, with the first being Ask Yahoo! in 2006, which was shut down for Answers’ release.

Even though the site will be gone, everyone has until May 4th to look at some last good answers, funny questions, and just scroll through the site. With internet preservation efforts, the hilarity of Yahoo Answers won’t be going away anytime soon.

Yahoo Answers has always been a mixed bag of funny questions, and genuine ones, even the day before posting is disabled.

Photo credit: Marco McEldowney

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