One thing we could add here that might help would be some typical ‘social gaming ids’ on people’s user profiles. That way if you wanted to let people know your discourse# or steamid etc then you just need to fill it in. When you click over a forum user’s ‘avatar circle’ then it could show it. It would allow people to say how to find each other outside of this forum.
Would that help, and would people fill those optional fields in? If there is any interest I’ll propose something in #meta and add it.