Real friends usually are better than internet friends, but I've become quite close with a few people who started off as the latter. There's nothing wrong with that in my book.
Pleased to meet you, lankyknight. I don't have the problem with friends knowing I like Trek
too much because over the years I've weeded out the folks who have more drastically different takes on life than I do, although that's not to say differences are a bad thing. Indeed, they can spice things up quite a bit. I still have some friends who have either only seen the new movie or haven't even done that, and that's fine because we have other interests.
Around here, you'll obviously find some pals who share your enthusiasm for Star Trek
, so enjoy your stay. We're all mostly harmless here.