Well , I don't know if my opinion will help but I've noticed trough my years of Internet Experience that you just has to take it for what it is . 'Internet'. If you enter a forum , don't start with the intention to find good , thrustworty friends but with the intention of talking with people about the same intrests. Maybe you'll meet someone who could become a very close friend (mostly you won't) but don't start forum-things with that intention in the first place.
Internet is so dangerous for us people. It is so easy to find someone you think is special but if you try to look deeper you mostly get dissappointed because with all this protection you get from the internet you don't see the bad sites from a person if you don't want to see them for a very long time.
If you don't take your forum-friendships to serious you wont be hurt that easy because you have a sharper look on the thing when your feelings aren't involved so it would be easier to find the bad apple in the basket. And afther years foruming (and Interneting) you will exactly know who is a friend and who is just a nice forum-camerade <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" /> (And yes I do believe that a good friendship needs his time to establish )
The dark side of all this is that foruming isn't so much fun any more if you talk with strangers. ^-^
Anyway these are my personal thoughs. You can read them , you can agree , you can disagree, you can start gossiping with it but whatever you do , it wont't change my view on this whole internet thing . (Or you have to come with earthshocking facts , I am always open for new points of view , but very stubborn to change my own point of view :P )
I still think this forum is special altough I am not active in it anymore and I am glad that so many people try to keep it special by not allowing it to die easily .
Pol who spends some Coffee from the wereldwinkel (Or beer):P and some Appelflappen <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />.
Ps : Kiya , my female feminism supports you !!!
Reach for the moon. The worst that can happen is you'll fall among the stars.