Are these signs of romantic interest, or more friendliness?

There’s this man called *Dean;* who I lost touch with, several years ago. We ended our friendship because I wanted more and he either didn’t, or as Dean said, he was too shy to date me, years later, when he found me on social media and answered one of my questions.

Then, a year later, he started answering my questions again and private messaging me to get my advice about approaching women in general. He really opened up. He’s since answered several of my questions, including one about a mutual friend’s interest in me. Giving very good advice. Then he disappears after talking a few times a week and comes back. We’ve become acquaintances. However, I’m curious, are these actions more likely to be friendly or romantic? I can’t tell. I’m notoriously bad at reading social cues.

Are these signs of romantic interest, or more friendliness?
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