The web is a dark dark mysterious place where a 6'3, 195 pounds all muscle caucasion male looking for a long term relationship, can really be a 5'6 195 pounds all flab male looking for instant gratification lol.
Even though I have always had the luck of meeting people who were what they said they were, accept for one who claimed to be masculine but was jealous of my small body and wanted a belly button piercing, I like to call it bizarro land sometimes.
I've found that people who call me cute are referring more to my boyish features than anything else. Like the fact that I like to wear matching pajamas sometime, or when I ask a question that they find silly or naive. I may not necessarily be their type, but there's something interesting about me, something odd innocet and refreshig that makes them want to chat a little bit longer. Usually until conversations get boring and then thats about it.
But I say really don't pay any of it too much mind. Wanna know if someone's interested or not see if they're actually pursuing you or not. People over the net will dissappear if they're not interested trust me having done so myself plenty of times.
For as the long distance thing, it works for some people. I suppose its a little naive to believe that Mr. Right is living 2 miles away from you, but they can be iffy. You can like someone immensely over the net and meet them in person and see all of things that mysteriously didn't get a chance to be typed out and suddenly be turned off by them. There is a certain appeal to getting someone emotionally and coming to care about that mind before even ever hold their hand, Its just risky thats all.
Like for example my mom started dating a guy in texas over the internet. She was crazy about him and he was crazy about her. He'd send her 3 big boxes of gifts a week filled purfumes and cards and flowers and bears and then after like a couple months he came up to michigan to visit. And it ended with her kicking him out of her car and leaving him in downtown detroit.