Over the past year, many of you have written to ask about the future of Google Answers. Today we can finally offer a definitive response: after four and a half years, we're closing up shop. We considered many factors in reaching this difficult decision, and ultimately decided that the Answers community's limited size and other product considerations made it more effective for us to focus our efforts on other ways to help our users find information.
So November 30th, 2006 will be the final day that users can post questions, and December 30th will be the final day that you can post answers. The existing site content -- questions, answers and comments -- will remain posted for now, and while you won't be able to earn money by answering new questions, we'd like to share with you the AdSense revenue generated by questions you've already answered; over the next few weeks, we'll send along more details as to how this will work. Please feel free to send any further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll try to post the answers to frequently asked questions to the Google Group so that everyone can see them.
Finally, we'd like to express our gratitude to all our researchers for your tremendous contributions and dedication to Google Answers over the years. Through your passion for research and information, you've built a service that has been of great benefit to thousands of web surfers as well as the group of loyal Answers fans who've contributed regularly to the site. We hope you'll continue to work to help make the world's information more accessible, and we'll strive to do the same.
The Google Answers Team
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