I’m not a fan of having “friends” as an option for dating sites but at the same time, relationships should begin that way. Thing is, it also gives the impression- if there’s a rejection involved- that you’re stockpiling people as friends for the possibility of dating them. I’ve always had that in mind- friendship attempts being shut down because I’m not their dating type. It confirms the theory when the attempt isn’t reciprocated. But making friends doesn’t have the same process as when you’re trying to invite someone into bed so rejecting someone looking for platonic connections seems pretty shady.