When POF started up it was pretty much totally free but since then they have made it more & more difficult to use without paying a (automatically renewed) subscription. Even just sending messages sometimes gets a message that the intended recipient will only accept messages from upgraded members. Their "want to meet" feature requires a paid subscription to identify who the sender was, but, as I have found out today some of these messages are not generated by the member and can only have come direct from POF, presumably to encourage you to upgrade. BTW, best wishes to those people in Texas affected by the floods, I've been there and know what it's like.
Po F makes the matching process fun with several questionnaires designed to assess compatibility.
Gifts bought with login points are private and appear only in email.
If you have been added to a user’s favorites list, you can leave a testimonial for him or her.
Users then personalize their profiles with a headline, an essay description, and a list of interests.
An optional essay on first dates is also available.