I've had several phone conversations with several members here. I've met maybe a dozen past members in real life. About half of those are inactive accounts made by local college kids from the Uni's chess club.
I have started PMing with some regular posters, and found that contact refreshing. There could be a possibility for real friendships. Time zone differences with NZ and Canada would make Skyping (or FaceTime) difficult but not impossible.
During last year I spent far less time on the SF (too much ego and brainless preaching, too little genuine conversations) and moved to the fun (and frequent ridiculousness!) of the GF. I really enjoyed that shift.
Have a good one, all of you. You know who you are!
Years ago my half sister played a game here against me. She liked the blitz site (uchess.com) better, back when it had a chat room and forum. The forum and chat days were fun times, lots of headache for the admins I'm sure though. My daughter also played at uchess for a while.