Yahoo Answers is finally being shut down

The site will disappear May 4.

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The site where you can post answers with no specialized knowledge required is shutting down.

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Yahoo has announced it's shuttering its Answers website next month. The site will go to read-only mode April 20, and on May 4 it'll be taken down completely, redirecting people to the Yahoo homepage. 

Yahoo Answers users can request to download their old data, including questions and answers they've posted, before June 30 before it disappears, as reported earlier Monday by The Verge

In an FAQ, Yahoo says answer seekers can instead "visit Yahoo Search for answers and information from the web" and Yahoo's COVID-19 page "for specific info and resources around the coronavirus pandemic."

Yahoo Answers launched in 2005, with categories including finance, cars, internet, electronics, education, entertainment, health, news and parenting. A glimpse of the current homepage shows questions about politics appear to be the top interest now, with far-right conspiracy theories taking up many of the top spots.

The old message board, where users could rack up points by posting questions and answers, doesn't require any special knowledge from users before allowing them to post responses to others' questions.