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April 19, 2021 5:42 PM   Subscribe

Today is the last day to ask or answer a question on Yahoo! Answers. Tomorrow (April 20), it will be in read-only mode, and on May 4 it will be shut down by its parent company Verizon. Users will have until June 30 to request access to copies of their data.

The Archive Team is on the case, resuming a project that had started in 2016, when Verizon bought Yahoo!.
posted by ardgedee (32 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
posted by limeonaire at 5:44 PM on April 19

posted by meese at 5:45 PM on April 19

Don’t look. I looked. Learn from my mistake.
posted by fedward at 5:57 PM on April 19 [20 favorites]

Dear Yahoo! Answers,

Is there any reason why you chose hitler's birthday to stop people asking questions?
posted by adept256 at 7:02 PM on April 19 [16 favorites]

tired: how is babby formed?
wired: how shurb die?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:11 PM on April 19 [5 favorites]

I don't recommend clicking the front page link I found it upsetting & not fun.
posted by bleep at 7:23 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]

Wow. I wonder how much of that final glurge of outrage!!1! is Russian IRA bots and how much is actual human Trump fans.

Days of babbys farming was of no blame clock.
posted by benzenedream at 7:26 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]

This begs the obvious question — is there anything out there to replace it?

(I know some will say Quora, but the UI is just ... uggg. Terrible.)
posted by zooropa at 7:40 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]

Jesus, that a lot of racist trolls on that front page link bleep.

That's why it is shutting down. THINK OF THE MODERATION COSTS!!!
posted by Windopaene at 7:50 PM on April 19 [3 favorites]

Have you seen the questions on their front page? What did the askme mods ever do to you?
posted by adept256 at 7:50 PM on April 19 [4 favorites]

Ugh. What a dumpster fire. Nuke it from orbit.
posted by mr_roboto at 7:54 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]

Is AskMeFi ready to welcome an influx of Yahoo! Answers refugees?
posted by otherchaz at 7:55 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


Same as in town
posted by Windopaene at 7:57 PM on April 19 [5 favorites]

Is AskMeFi ready to welcome an influx of Yahoo! Answers refugees?

We have to screen them for chestburster eggs and zombie bites first.
posted by benzenedream at 7:59 PM on April 19 [4 favorites]

Having irregularly visted Yahoo Answers in a vain attempt to get my name read on MBMBaM, I have noticed that just a tremendous number of questions are the nastiest fwd fwd fwd type fights about politics and the news of the day. I do sort of wonder if part of the calculus for shutting it down was that it was becoming basically unusable for any other purpose.
posted by dismas at 8:13 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]

Gizmodo: We're Archiving Yahoo Answers So You'll Always Know How Babby Is Formed

Left unaddressed by this (and similar efforts by Archive Team) is how these backups might be browsable/searchable.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:57 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]

So, Verizon has Yahoo whittled down to just serving spam emails?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:36 AM on April 20 [2 favorites]

The actual Final Yahoo [mirror] - (via)
posted by Rhaomi at 9:55 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]

I’m not caught up; has My Brother My Brother and Me said what they are doing in the face of this news?
posted by Night_owl at 11:37 AM on April 20

The actual Final Yahoo [mirror] - (via)

That's pretty good even though it's not much of a question, but we also need its complement: the last answer to a question!
posted by rhizome at 11:55 AM on April 20

The meta-question:

Is metafilter better than this website (Y!A)?

From the question - "The only problem with Metafilter is it's difficult to act weird on there....".
And from the only actual answer "its good but different".
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:19 PM on April 20 [4 favorites]

Mbmbam just released the long-awaited episode 420, "Funeral for a Friend," focused on Yahoo Answers' death.
posted by meese at 4:16 PM on April 20 [4 favorites]

I wonder if there was/is a concerted effort to stuff the front page of Yahoo Answers with racist bullshit while it's in the news and people are looking at it, or if this is just the way Yahoo Answers has been for a while now.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:41 PM on April 20

There is an article concerning the shuttering of Yahoo Answers in today's Grauniad / Guardian. It also considers MetaFilter and contains responses from Josh Millard.
posted by Wordshore at 3:03 AM on April 21 [4 favorites]

not sure i trust that guy
posted by cortex at 9:27 AM on April 21 [4 favorites]

All Yahoo Answers now redirect to a help page.

The Archiveteam effort didn't capture every question; they're not sure how much was missed, yet.

Verizon has sold Yahoo and AOL to Apollo, a private equity firm.
posted by Pronoiac at 3:12 PM on May 4

WTF I thought private equity guys were supposed to be smart
posted by Huffy Puffy at 3:20 PM on May 4

$5 billion?! That can't be straight-up real dollars.
posted by rhizome at 3:45 PM on May 4 [1 favorite]

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