Do you endeavor with a difficult dilemma, or ponder a posed problem you cannot perspicaciously pursue? Angling anxiously for advice? The Internet Oracle can help! Like all famous oracles, the Internet Oracle is omniscient, and will provide some answer to your question. In return, the Oracle may require that you perform a small service ...Source: Internet Oracle
Does anyone out there remember / still participate in the Internet Oracle?
Update: I see the rest of what I'd tried writing here didn't make it into the post. Anyway, what I meant to say was that the Internet Oracle was one of my first brushes with the fact that there were people out there on that Internet.
I'd been dealing with FTP servers and Archie and reading Usenet archives, but I'd not yet logged on to IRC for the first time. I'd already had experience with chatting and message bases via dial-up BBSes, but this Internet thing was something altogether more. So, the Oracle was the first experience I had of sending something out into the void, and getting not an automated response but a wittily-crafted response from an obviously real person.