Unfortunately, it can't be that simple. When the channels of communication are as limited in expression as instant messaging, forum posts and emails, there are so many different ways of "seeing" lines of text that make up a "conversation" between virtual strangers. Not all those ways of "seeing" are pleasant, I'm afraid.
Perhaps I got my hopes up too high. After six years, I never thought I would get jaded with meeting new friends over the Internet.
All we are is dust in the wind, or so the song goes. No, all we are to each other is a bunch of electronic characters. A shame.