According to Verge’s first report, Yahoo Answers will be permanently closed according to an announcement on its website. The final question can be submitted until April 20, and by May 4, 2021, the entire website will be shut out, thus ending the 16-year rule of one of the stupidest places on the Internet.
Yahoo Answers lacked a contribution to the Pantheon of World Knowledge, and the Pantheon made up for this deficiency in the heroic progress of its incredible content. BuzzFeed has been running a list of stupid and stupid questions on the site for years, the most famous of which is the “how to form a crib”
Like any truly stupid thing, Yahoo Answers, which has been owned by Verizon since 2017, is a combination of many things.It is an ardent knowledge seeker of the Library of Alexandria, such as those seeking to learn How the girl changes color. For SEO traffic, this is a very cunning strategy, but for social platforms, it is half-baked, where users can spend a lot of time answering social etiquette and suggestion questions.
Considering that Article 230 (the law that protects platforms such as Yahoo or Facebook from legal liability for content posted by users) is currently under debate, Verizon may have seen the troubles of Yahoo Answers and chose to save itself the headache .
Yahoo has a long and glorious history of shutting down its big man, and a wild fox is at a loss in its efforts to stay relevant and cut costs. In 2009, Yahoo closed Geocities, one of the largest repositories of Internet culture in the Y2K era. Del.ic.ious was sold in 2011, and Flickr was sold in 2018. Yahoo Messenger was shut down in 2018. At the end of 2019, Yahoo Groups were sent to the digital Valhalla.
Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017, merging them with Tumblr and the Huffington Post into a new content company called Oath (no, serious). Tumblr was sold to Automattic, the company that owned WordPress in 2019, and HuffPost was sold to BuzzFeed*Check calendar*About 2 months ago.
“Obviously, Verizon acquired Yahoo and never wanted to engage in user content business. Every move they have been doing is the craziest company, reducing responsibility and reducing exposure.” Committed to maintaining the old site Jason Scott, who organizes the Archive Team, told BuzzFeed News.
When the archives team suddenly closed in 2009, they scrambled to make a copy of Geocities (a file in this collection curated by artist Olia Lialina called “Era of Hundreds of Gigabytes” was performed on the ancient Geocities site Research).
“In the past, we have caught Yahoo Answers, and we did it 4 years ago. We know what will happen.” Scott said. “In the meantime, we don’t trust anything that Yahoo owns.”
Although stupid, there must be valuable information that can only be found in the answers that will be lost forever (or only in the archive, which is more difficult to obtain than pure Google results).
At this point, deleting most of the Internet history is nothing new, and the feeling is so familiar that it doesn’t seem so harsh. Scott said: “We don’t know how much the Internet depends on linking to it, or treating it as first-hand knowledge.” “What we lose is that, whether we like it or not, we will lose part of our oral history.”