The Internet Hunt

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The Internet Hunt was a monthly online game and search training tool, conceived and conducted by Rick Gates, as Director of Library Automation UC Santa Barbara, which began 31 August 1992, before the World Wide Web.[1]

Most Internet Hunts were composed of ten questions that Gates had verified could be answered with Internet sources exclusively, and tools of that time, such as Usenet, Telnet, FTP, and, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Gopher. The first individual or team to answer all ten questions correctly and provide the method used to answer them was declared the winner(s).[1]

The Internet Hunt ran from Aug 1992[1][2] to 1995. It was mentioned in a book, on a website, and on LISTSERVs.[3][4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Gates, Rick (1992-08-31). "A CHALLENGE FOR ALL INTERNET USERS". Newsgroup: bit.listserv.libref-l. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  2. ^ Greim, Lisa (11 May 1997). "Sat-type test measures net skill". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2012 – via HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ Silicon Snake Oil, Clifford Stoll, Doubleday, 1995, pp189–190
  4. ^ Bruckman, Amy (1 July 1994). "King of the Hunt". Wired. Retrieved 15 October 2020. Issue 2.07, July, 1994 p33
  5. ^ Gates, Rick (1993-12-01). "The November 93 Hunt Results "K-12 ONLY HUNT"". Edtech. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  6. ^ Gates, Rick (1993-09-01). "September Hunt Questions: THE INTERNET HUNT, for September, 1993 - A BEGINNER'S HUNT". Discussion of Library Reference Issues (LIBREF-L). Archived from the original on 2003-06-13. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. ^ 1993 October Internet Hunt "The October Internet Hunt required use of netfind, finger, whois, vrfy, CSO, X.500, Usenet Addresses, and numerous local databases to find people on the nets."
  8. ^ "LM_NET 01/06/94: January Internet Hunt". Archived from the original on 2020-10-15.

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