This feature I am still learning! Give me a few days to get back to you. The formal explanation is below. However, I have not tried this feature yet. Let me throw you a gift and see what happens!
Giving a gift
Forum gifts are a method you can use to show appreciation toward another member, or can be use for personal use if you're interested in the features provided. Gifts you can give or receive will range from ProBoards+ to forum badges.
ProBoards+ is a feature that gives you personal ad-free, allowing you to visit any ProBoards hosted forum free from the banner advertising that can usually be found at the top and bottom of forum pages. If you purchase ProBoards+ for yourself, a round PB+ badge icon will be displayed in your profile. You will also receive a special badge if you gift ProBoards+ to another member.
Badges are digital flair for your forum profile on ProBoards forums. There are some badges that you can gift to show appreciation to another member for how they contribute to the forum. For example, if the forum has a staff member that has gone above and beyond for you, you could gift them the Great Staff Member Badge, or if there is a member on the forum that you find humorous, you could gift them the Comedian Badge. There are also some general fun badges that you can use on the forum, such as the Pile of Snowballs Badge that will allow you to toss a snowball at another member of the forum, or you can play a game of Hot Potato with other members with the Hot Potato badge.
To give a member the gift or ProBoards+ or a forum badge, visit the profile of the member account that you want to give the gift to (or visit your own profile if you wish to have it yourself!). Once on the profile page, click on the Gift tab and you'll be taken to the gift page. If you want to give the gift of ProBoards+, click on the Purchase ProBoards+ button on the page. Otherwise you can click on the Visit Badge Store button to see a list of all of the badges that are available, and what actions they do. If you see a badge that you would like to gift, click on the shopping cart icon for the badge and then click the Go To Checkout button and you'll be taken to the checkout page to complete the gift purchase. After this is done, the gift will be immediately present for the member without any additional input from you.
After reading many of the discussions in the internet, it appears that the forum badges are one way in which the hosting company tries to get some money from the forum communities. One cannot use Pertama dollars to pay for these.
The hosting company also charges if one wants to remove the advertisement banners that will appear in the next few weeks. As well as that, they limit the number of attachments unless one pays for additional harddisk space. Yes, these are issues that I will sort out in the months ahead. But good thing now, as compared to the past, is that I am more than willing to paying for these if they maintain a good service level. So far, I am very happy with their service.
Thanks for throwing me a gift . I guess I am able to throw that gift to other forumers as well. But in real life, it is not nice to give others gift given by someone else.
There is no free lunch in life. I can understand Proboards is trying to make money in their business.
Their business model is viable, they make money from advertisers, forum users who prefer ad-free experience and users who want more hard disk space. But the forum badges thingy is not so relevant especially for stocks & shares forums like Pertama. I would not pay for forum badges for sure. If I link my image from another website like Photobucket, will there be a limit to the number of linked images?
Nevertheless, I do hope Proboards makes money so that we all can enjoy free access to this forum.