By Constantine von HoffmanLearn from my experience. When proposing to your beloved DO NOT give her a token ring. (Also, don\u2019t bring cables to a \u201cnetworking event.\u201d I\u2019m sure I\u2019m not the only one to make that mistake\u2026)Apparently there\u2019s one romantic area where the US is ahead of Europe: Internet dating. We\u2019re over it, they are not. Put that in your beret and smoke it, Pierre. The BBC reports that \u201cwhile Europe\u2019s online dating market grew by 43% in 2005, the numbers of US subscribers fell for the first time.\u201d According to Jupiter Research, only 5 percent of US web users used paid dating websites last year, down from 6 percent the year before. Sadly this doesn\u2019t mean an upsurge in \u201creal world\u201d interaction in the States, just that our sites are too expensive and our market got saturated before that of the EU.Elsewhere on the net a big blow for love has been struck by \u2026 Orcs?Over at the MMPORPG* World of Warcraft, there is now a gay-friendly guild. For those of you who, like me, who have not played the game an explanation: WoW is an online version of Dungeons & Dragons. Quoth the BBC, again: \u201cWhen adventuring, many players join "guilds" to get help from other players in regions filled with dangerous monsters, get quick access to good magical items and, just as importantly, so they can stay in touch with friends and make new ones. Many guilds use Warcraft\u2019s text chat channels to recruit new members.\u201dLast month one player \u201cused these channels to say that the guild she helps run, called Oz, was set up to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender \u2018friendly,\u2019\u201d but an administrator threatened to ban the player, claiming \u201csuch talk was a breach of Warcraft\u2019s terms of service.\u201d An online version of the Stonewall Riots then ensued, with virtual gay pride marches taking place in the game. WoW\u2019s admins then caved and apologized for the first ruling. LET LOVE RULE!\u00a0Especially when\u00a0it\u2019s carrying a two-handed broadsword.BTW, I do not mean to disparage those who do play WoW or other such games. I do not play for the same reason I don\u2019t smoke crack \u2013 It\u2019s an addiction I\u2019m better off without.\u00a0*In Roman Numerals MMPORPG = google.