The crowd is for the most part friendly, honest, open, and talkative.
It might be an effective way of meeting people without the pressure if you don't mind getting caught in the distance relationship trap, as it's unlikely that you will find a significant amount of people in the forums from your location.
You are allowed to send and receive in-site emails with a free account.
At this point, you're likely either feeling really safe or like the place is run by an overzealous prison guard, or a bit of both.
The main way to meet and contact people is through their profiles, or if you would rather get your toes wet before jumping in and accidentally telling some stranger you love them, then the active forums are for you.
Plentyof Fish has increased their security early in 2011 due to several hacker attacks. They require you to choose a password that is so complicated that you're bound to forget it.
If you think your usual assortment of passwords is good enough think again or you will be facing the “your password is too weak” page on more than one occasion.