LinkedIn Doing Away With "Answers"

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Just got an email from LinkedIn with the following text:


Hi Joel,
 
As you've seen, we've made major upgrades to the professional news, commentary and conversation features on LinkedIn. And we're just getting started.
 
In this process we evaluated how our current products and features are being used. To ensure we focus on building the best products, we’ll be retiring LinkedIn Answers on January 31 and it’ll be removed from our site. Instead, we're focusing our efforts on developing new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn. We look forward to sharing the details with you in the coming months, so please stay tuned.
 
In the meantime, you can continue to share insights and questions on LinkedIn in these ways:
  • Connect with like-minded professionals in one of our 1.5M+ Groups
  • Ask other LinkedIn members questions and receive immediate feedback via Polls
  • Follow influencers for access to insightful professional content
  • Facilitate conversations with your connections via status updates
 
If you would like more information on these changes, please visit our Help Center.
 
Regards,
 
The LinkedIn Team
 
I'm really disappointed in this. I've had asked many questions and provided many answers over the last several years. The spirit of giving in the LinkedIn community is phenomenal. I've gotten answers on many topics I couldn't find elsewhere. 
 
LinkedIn is making many, many changes. This one saddens me.

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I agree Joel. I was disappointed with this news. Answers was one of the main ways I was able to generate business and make referrals to others on LinkedIn. I subscribed to over a dozen Answers categories and reviewed them daily. Hope they replace it with something soon!

Eric - as you may have seen, they recommend using the Group function to get answers. Several years ago, I was having major problems with a Windows phone. The Bluetooth setting would just get unchecked in the Control Panel. I got some outstanding help from some very technically minded people. Here is the issue: am I going to have join a group like that when I need help?