When this site first added the "friend" function (much to my annoyance), I found myself having to deal with requests from members of the site with whom I had nothing whatever to do. To me, "friend" status would have to indicate someone with whom I had at least had a friendly exchange of private messages. So I made it my policy to turn down "friend" requests from total strangers, and wrote it into my signature that I do so. Despite that, the requests from strangers continue to arrive. Now I wonder whether there is any point in continuing to regard "friend" status as meaning anything at all. I am thinking that, rather than be selective about accepting requests, maybe I should just treat it as the meaningless piece of bullshit that I think it is for most people on this site and accept all requests. So I ask you: what, if anything, does "friend" status on this site mean to you? Do you exercise any selection in approving requests?