It’s official. Yahoo Answers is Shutting Down.

Yahoo Answers is kicking the bucket. The days of asking Yahoo questions and getting Yahoo comments are over. The name is indicative of the platform, I suppose. Through its illustrious and infamous15 year history, it has produced a number of great moments. But now it’s all coming to an end.

If you’re recently displaced from Yahoo Answers, Sage has offered itself up as an alternative.

Sage was founded in 2020 with the mindset that people need help from knowledgeable experts. What started as a Q&A platform quickly evolved to be a place where experts live, where users bring quality questions, and where trust and identity are key cornerstones to an outstanding user experience.

With the shut down of Yahoo! Answer comes a refugee user base looking for a new place to ask and answer questions.

Peter Yeargin, Sage’s founder, has offered those users a new home where quality is inherent in the platform and software engineering and development are first rate citizens in the vision of the company.

Read on to learn how to download your content in prep for bringing your question and answer history to Sage.

I want to save my answers! How do I download them?

These easy steps will guide you through the entire process!

  1. Visit the Verizon Privacy Dashboard and Controls Page  Privacy dashboard on Verizon settings page
  2. Click on the Yahoo logo
  3. A new tab will pop up. Log in to view your Yahoo account.Settings Page
  4. Scroll down until you see Download and view your Yahoo dataDownload Preference
  5. Click on Download My DataInitiate the Yahoo! Answers download Request
  6. Select Yahoo Answers and fill out your email.Fill in your info
  7. Click Request DownloadPull content down.

This will send Yahoo your initial request. Yahoo will have 30 days to respond, and they will send a message to your email. Don’t forget to check your spam for the reply!

Once Yahoo has responded, follow these steps:

  1. Return to the Verizon website and go to the Privacy Dashboard and Controls Page
  2. Select the Yahoo logo and log in again
  3. Scroll down until you see Your download is available
  4. Tap Download Your DataYour download is available
  5. Click on Download and you will have your data downloaded!

How long do I have to do this?

Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, but you will be able to file a request for a copy of your data up until June 30th. The process can take up to 30 days, so make sure to keep the time frame in mind. 

What data will I be able to download?

Once you file a request, you’ll get a file containing everything that Yahoo believes is your data. This includes your questions, answers, question lists, answer lists, and any images you’ve saved. Generally, everything you’ve ever posted should be contained.

You will receive a Zip file with your questions and answers stored as .json files. 

Yahoo Answers downloaded file

Don’t worry if you don’t know what JSON is. It is just a way for websites and applications to read your data efficiently. After unzipping the files, you’ll see the following:

JSON Files

NOTE: You will only receive content you created. Yahoo does not provide a way to download other users’ data.

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