More specifically: dopers you’ve neither spoken to nor met face-to-face. Do you consider posters here friends of yours? I’ve had trouble describing the relationship I have with posters on this board to my wife, who doesn’t post here, read the boards, etc. The missus is not tech savvy, and is generally suspicious of the internet and it’s denizens, so she gazes at me with dissapproval in her eyes when I talk about y’all.
There’s a Boston Dopefest next week that I’m going to, but I’m not sure how the missus will take it when I tell her I’m going to meet some people I met on the internet at some bar in Boston. I’ve mentioned it to her before, and she said something to the effect of “Why would you do that?!? You don’t know them - they could be dangerous!” And really, there’s no argument to make there - I think many of you are dangerous ;). It would be near impossible to convey the sense knowing folks that grows from posting here for so long. So, when I talk about the SDMB, I call you “the people on that message board I post to” but mostly I think of you as “my internet friends”.
So how 'bout it: Do you think of Dopers as your friends?