I dont want to get into another debate. There is nothing wrong with building freindship/internet freindship with the opposite gender as long as you maintain the Islamic code of conduct. Its important to educate the youths to able to handle how they interact with the opposite sex rather then prescribe a continious prohibition on interactions.
Under such an atmpospheer of exterme segragation, it does not led to a better moral climate,
(nor is it prescribed by ISLAM) this is what I have also witness through my extensive travel accross the Islamic world.
Please do clarify in your freemixing thread what you mean by "friend".
LOL - Freind means freind, someone you know and are acquainted with. Obviously we do not have gf and bf as in the western sense, as only inside the marriage you are allowed to have a legal relationship. So I am preplexed by your elementry question.
If "social internet friendships" are born out of flirting with the opposite sex and one too many provacative smiley icons, then at the very least I would expect you to agree that the relationship is questionable from it's intiation in any case. I suggest this topic is continued in your freemixing thread if at all.
Well it depends on what you mean by fliriting? As long as the Sharia rules are not violated I do not see a problem. For example if I make a joke on an issue, is that flirting?
If two people do get close in that they find each other attractive, there is nothing wrong with that as long as they pursue it through the legal means of marriage. There are narrations of Sahabas who were in love.