Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and the Yahoo Answers website is now in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account. You can find more information about the Yahoo Answers shutdown and how to download your data on this help page.

Pearl L asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo Answers · 2 weeks ago

Anyone know why ya is shutting down?

i was going to ask this on their help page but their email address dont work, its one of my favorite sites so why are they doing that? is it because of the way some people are mean when they ask or answer questions? is that way or what other reasons, i did look at their help page but they didnt say anything about why

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  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    The increase of mean trolling and racism sure didn't help. 

  • 2 weeks ago

    They haven't released a statement pertaining to why it's shutting down. Although, as a longtime Yahoo user, this isn't surprising. They shut down Yahoo Groups not too long ago. Sites do this frequently where they'll remove a service or component that they feel is no longer viable for them, e.g. Google shutting down Google+. You might recall when Yahoo removed the comment feature across all their services last year I believe. In Yahoo Answer's case, there was most likely an increase in content meant to do nothing but sow division and hatred among people, becoming less of a place meant for genuine inquiry/respectable feedback and more of a place meant for disturbed individuals to "release" themselves. Yahoo just doesn't see it as worthy to hold on to and is ready to let it go. It's quite sad because underneath the filth here was a beautiful community of well-meaning individuals -- an open window into the mind of others in need of insight. Group hug?

  • ?
    Lv 4
    2 weeks ago

    “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,” Yahoo said.

    That's corporate speak.    It's more likely they are simply losing money on yahoo answers.    Finance is almost always why anything starts up or closes down. 

  • 2 weeks ago

    It's really unnecessary that Y!A is shutting down... my only guess is that Yahoo! are looking for ways to profit and by shutting down Y!A, it gives them some money advantage... still not fair though. I really like this place, with its' ups and downs.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Its' very sad that Y!A is shutting down, I really love this site...

    “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,” Yahoo said.

    I feel so sad...

  • 2 weeks ago

    You should have received a letter from Yahoo regarding their reasons why in your email. Though this is very sad to me as well, I felt it coming over the last several years. Yahoo stated that Yahoo Answer has become less popular over the years as they claim the needs of members have changed. And because of that they have decided to shift they resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that will better serve  members. I think while that is true, it has to do with many who continue to violate the terms of use. When we joined we had to agree to all terms and conditions. As time went on more or more people did not cooperate. As you stated some are mean. That is a fact, many are indeed very mean spirited in their approach. Many feel Yahoo Answers has come to this decision because it has to do with controlling our freedom speech. Those who feel that way obviously don't respect or know what 'freedom of speech' is or really means. Many people are shocked to learn that the First Amendment free speech guarantee, along with all constitutional rights, only protects us against the government. So, if the government interferes with our freedom of speech, we can bring a First Amendment lawsuit to challenge that. And that's true whether we're talking about a federal government official or a state or local government official. But, as far as, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms like Yahoo Answers it doesn't apply because they are not the government. They are private sector entities, and therefore, they have no First Amendment obligation to protect your freedom of speech. It's basically their house, and they can kick us out if they don't like our behavior. No doubt, Yahoo Answers has a lot of negative, irresponsible, not so kind people to deal with on a daily bases. Unfortunately, the good people pay the price for the bad just like everything else. Things have certainly changed in our world, and not for the better. I enjoyed life better when I thought the world was kind. I will definitely miss all my friends/followers I made here. We must move forward now. Never let those who are pessimistic get you down. Those are the people who always state and expect the worst. Their attitude isn't at all hopeful, they show no spirit or optimism, and can be a downer for everyone else. Pessimistic people believe evil outweighs the good and that bad things are more likely to happen. I never let them get to me, and I certainly will not let them take away my piece of mind. The good people will always out way the bad.

  • Asep
    Lv 4
    2 weeks ago

    I blame Biden    

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    It’s very sad. I love this site.

  • 2 weeks ago

    They don't want anybody to have a forum to question our fascist leadership.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Probably because it's costing Yahoo too much money to pay their fringe left censors to delete pro-conservative posts everyday of each week.

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