On October 22, 1993, Gates presumably proposed in the Usenet newsgroup
alt.internet.services to collaboratively create an encyclopaedia on the Internet. From this idea the Interpedia project evolved which is known as precursor to Wikipedia. Although the original posting is lost it is very likely that the original proposal was made by Rick Gates (see the posting Internet AS Encyclopedia on October 31, 1993 of Douglas P. Wilson in
In the 1990s Rick Gates taught at several schools in Oregon () and at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources & Library Science ( and ). Today he lives in Eugene, Oregon.