I don't think this is possible. And that isn't a TWBP brush-off; I just don't think it'll work.
Ehell is a big place and people come and go. That's standard operations in a large Internet forum. I'd encourage people who want to take connections further to get in touch with people off the forum - pm, email, and so on.
So if there's someone whose posts you enjoy reading and whom you feel a connection with, make a connection! Send a pm and go from there. You might make a new friend.
In light of what's been happening, it's important to note that being friends off-site is not at all a bad thing. Plenty of members stay in touch outside of Ehell, via the various meetups, social networking, email and so on. We have a few family units around who stay in touch via genetics.
The recent difficulties were due to deliberate attempts to disrupt the forum, ostracize certain people who were deemed "unworthy" of participating here, and actively lying about it to deceive both the mods and members. This is not "being friends".