All of the above, because I've had a lot of online relationships. From the lamer I had a flame war with on Slashdot (I know, I know, I shouldn't indulge in flame wars, feeding trolls, etc) to the woman I met online (pre-internet access, even) and am still married to nearly 20 years later.
Definately all of Fun, Bizarre, Enduring, Educational, Time consuming, Comforting, Upsetting, Complex, and Just fine ... I voted for "Like a box of chocolates" as a best fit but Pugnacious is such a rich sounding word I really wanted to vote for it too :)
-- Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. -Basho
I met this chick once on Hot or Not. During our first month of AIM conversations, I wrote a perl script that showed two stick figures moving around and said it was us dancing (I'm such a charmer :P). Anyway, after said month, we decided to meet up. Unfortunately for me, "she" turned out to be a 40 year old man :(
Except not really. She was awesome and we got married this past October.
I'd say educational because I try to learn from everything (doesn't always work - but I try :-) Online relationships (some of them) have shown me what I don't want (and what I do since I am in a very nice relationship at the moment that started out online). I personally think online relationships are not much different from offline relationships it's primarily the medium that is different.
I don't really have any online relationships (defined as doing more than saying hi every few weeks) outside of work, so I'm going with profitable. You guys are all nice, but I relate to your code more than you personally. Sorry! :)
Definitely all the above. One minute I'm in a serious
discussion with someone about highly technical issues and
the next I'm writing posts to a newsgroup from the viewpoint
of my cat.
Online you can be whoever you want to be and nobody cares!
On the other hand if you try and fake things too hard
you will be found out and summarily beaten to death
Online relationships that I've had in some ways mirror
Real Life™ and what I've seen is people tend to
act "more themselves" on line than they'd like
What I mean by that is if your are an anal associative
personality (fancy words for a much shorter reference
to a dirtier part of the human anatomy) you tend to act
like on online and in some cases folks like that are more
so because of the anonymous nature of being online.
We've all met trolls online I'm sure.
On the other hand folks that are more mature and
reasonable tend to reflect that nature online.
What I find sad in a way is there are folks that I've
met online over the last bunch of years that I only know
as online personalities and due to geographic limitations
I'll probably never meet them in person. I guess that is
better than not knowing them at all.