Nope. Participating in the forum (through some meaningful input in a given forum discussion) should not be mandatory in order to add a friend to a multiplayer client.
The whole forum community thingy should not be forced upon gamers. Or else, you start steam-ing.
I agree completely, except for the "nope". GOG's failure to create a decent friending system is orthogonal to users' actions in the absence of said system, much like GOG not having PM blacklists makes it possible
to spam guro, but it doesn't make it okay
The next best thing (after GOG Galaxy making sense or something) is the forumers tolerating the occasional "add" thread. Not Galaxy users being coerced into thoughtful participations into community discussions they don't (have to) care about.
The annoyance is much
lesser on our side ("oh, another pointless temp thread here") than on the Galaxy user's side ("uh, let's see, what meaningful input should I insert in what convo I don't care about between people I don't care about in order to be able to get on my multiplayer friendlist a specific contact - who doesn't care about these convos either).
Blaming the non-foruming Galaxy users for these obligatory posts, and forcing them to be (or pretend to be) active in the community, only makes things worse. And no, they cannot be compared to spammers.
Also, correction : I'm using Steam and Gamersgate for a couple of games, and even though I dislike these sites for being borderline-facebookishly community-oriented, I never got explicit reproaches or urges there about my non-participations in their communities. So, technically, demanding it from Galaxy users makes GOG worse
than Steam in that respect.