Heh, sorry for taking long to answer, like I said, I've been quite busy lately. So much schoolwork!
Well yeah, I read the thread and am aware of COPPA. It's certainly an... interesting... law. Oh well! Indeed I was one of her first PC friends and I miss her, not as much as another person but still. Thanks I guess!
I know you miss Sophie, but a US law came into effect restricting under-13's from the site and she got banned, but I'm hoping she gets parental consent or comes back on her 13th birthday next year, so I might try and comfort you while she's away since I was one of her first PC friends as well.
I'm an Aussie like she is, so that's one thing similar with me.