AllExperts is dead

Quite a number of readers have come to this blog through AllExperts, where I have been answering questions on German law for a decade. With more than a thousand thoroughly answered questions, my profile there was a great source of information on all aspects of German law.

But it ain’t no more.

Why? I don’t know. All I got was this e-mail with a few days’ advance warning that the site would be shut down.


No explanation was provided, even when I asked for it. Stupidly and annoyingly, AllExperts even made all previous answers inaccessible, proving my point that one should never rely on a free service like Facebook or Google for business communication. At the whim of a madman, everything can be taken offline. Come to think of it, maybe I should stop blogging and only write books from now on.

For those who still have questions, I point you to my ever-expanding list of FAQ:

If there is anything else of particular interest to you, legal or otherwise, please let me know in the comment section below. If I notice a lot of demand for one particular subject, I will prioritize it, so get your friends to weigh in, too.


About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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20 Responses to AllExperts is dead

  1. Havilah Clarke says:

    I’m seriously upset by this. Your answers were some of the only (and most comprehensive) resources to consult on issues of international divorce in Germany. I’ve directed others there and will continue to direct people to your blog.

    Advance notice would have been nice, non?

    Thank you for all of your counsel!

    • Thank you very much!
      I really don’t understand why AllExperts didn’t at least leave the published answers online for future reference. They could even continue to receive revenue by placing ads.
      But I am happy now that I built up my own FAQ parallel to AllExperts.

  2. deeess says:

    Noooooooooooo! So no more episodes of the I’m-a-flight-attendant-and-my-boyfriend-who-is-married-and-is-german-won’t-send-me-money-and-I-want-a-German-passport-for-my-son saga??

  3. One of my readers who really understands how the internet works has found a way to access part of the archive: , but this doesn’t seem to include all questions and answers.
    In any case, thanks, Chris!

  4. Hussam Sultan says:

    Speaking of your blog, I’m super curious about that lone individual from North Korea who gave you a visit …

  5. Steve says:

    I was one of the top experts on allexperts for many years. I am not remotely surprised the site shut down. It was very poorly run and managed. For the last several years in particular, participation and questions fell WAY DOWN – so clearly they didn’t advertise or market appropriately.

    There was always an annoyingly high percentage of questions that were clearly someone’s homework. Allexpert’s management NEVER blocked or banned these people – so they just kept asking more questions and I kept refusing to answer them.

    I won’t miss it. This should have been a multi-million dollar business instead of a monumental failure.

    • What were/are you an expert for?

      You are right about the homework questions. I got many of those in the philosophy section and when I briefly volunteered in the economics section.

      Are you on Quora now? I am not sure it’s a substitute for the kind of questions I used to receive, which were very specific individual cases.

  6. Well, damn! I was also an expert on AllExperts (I’m specifically a penguin expert), and this is the first I’ve heard about it being shut down. I never received the e-mail from them that you showed above. And like you and Steve, over the last couple of years, it seemed like all I got were homework assignments. I also rejected most of those requests, as there would be a ridiculously long list of basic questions that they could have easily Googled on their own. Not what we were there for…

    At any rate, this is a shame – and I wish I’d had a heads up so I could have captured a few of those Q&A’s. There were several that I often reused, because I’d get the same questions from time to time (I also get those same questions via direct e-mail), and it saved me a ton of time being able to refer to those threads. Oh well – nothing lasts forever.

  7. Adam says:

    This is a real shame. You answered a question of mine on the site a while back, and I found this post while looking to thank you for your help, since I have since received my Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis.

    Still, many thanks again for your help!

    • Thank you very much, that’s very nice of you to let me know! I appreciate that a lot, and I am very happy that it worked. – Just in time to vote in for the federal elections in September. ;-)

  8. Maggie says:

    Absolutely devastated. 😔

  9. Steph says:

    I am very upset allexperts abruptly shut down. I depended on them for answers. For many years actually.

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