Have little opinion. Signed on originally for email.
Answers is the only product used regularly.
Front page science articles, have browsed at times in the past
Old enough to had seen and experienced Compuserve,
then AOL, the rise of Yahoo, then Google later on.
One consistency being change it seems, apart from the staggering
technological evolution and adaptations.
Perhaps the most profound impact I have seen here within answers
was the change in format several years ago. The implementation
severed ties between many users and their long time friends.
Bonds between people in different parts of world were broken,
albeit temporarily. Good faith towards the site was loss, none the less.
Regarding Verizon, it is difficult to see how that good faith can be restored.
If the current trend continues, of content consisting of racist diatribe, or sexually graphic aimed at 13 year olds, rhetorical questions arise.
Will Verizon subscribers be willing to amortize that $4.8 billion?
How will Verizons stockholders react to an exodus of those subscribers?
All said, those who negotiated the tentative agreement seem to benefit most.
Yahoo employees, soon to be Verizon employees, time will tell for them.
Consumers are a low priority, in this instance. Have to wonder if their interest
have not sunk lower
EDIT 18 October 2016
My initial answer made prior to the announcement in September 2016.
Given the impact of the situation, it would not be surprising to see
increased interest in both yahoo and verizon
EDIT 21 December 2016
Yet another announcement of accounts compromised being in the vicinity of one billion. That number speaks for itself.. American people should
be asking their congressional leaders for a full investigation. Perhaps that event forever synonymous with the acquisition by Verizon.