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Are Speed Dial tiles being forced on us?

  • But the extension issue was a definite issue (not just for me) that was fixed, was it not (I still haven't seen it in months)? Also, I've seen several people mention the SpeedDial problem, so it shouldn't be unique to me but could still be a problem (if it's not a feature, which it sounds like you're confirming it's not).

    Note that when I remove the Speed Dials in question (had to do it just today, which is in line with it tending to happen a few days after a new build), they stay gone for a matter of days. It's not as if I remove them, close Opera, run Opera, and see them again, which would certainly suggest the writing problem you mention. I can also add SD's consistently. So I don't think it's that. Maybe it's the signature issue though.

    -Current Win10 build: 17686.1003. But it's happened with all the builds I've used stretching back to last year. Including 17134, which is an RTM build.

    -Portable (Dev)

    -Program Files\OperaDev\profile\data

    It's different from yours. What does being on a blacklist mean? Maybe you'll see something in it. I see that it contains all six of recurring items (Overstock used to be the seventh, but it must have been dropped).

    "speeddial": {
        "bookmarks_folder_guid": "7661E6C9-BDEA-4FA8-9C5C-5F83F31F565D",
        "hide_plus_button": true,
        "hide_suggestions_forced_for_news": true,
        "imported_to_bookmarks": true,
        "partners": {
            "blacklist": {
                "http://aliexpress.com/": "20171003",
                "http://www.amazon.com/": "20171003",
                "http://www.booking.com/": "20180329",
                "http://www.ebay.com/": "20171003",
                "http://www.walmart.com/": "20171003",
                "https://www.tripadvisor.com/": "20171003"
            },
            "guid": "24e4a92c-fedc-4943-8b18-a114f444fe8c",
            "migration_state": 2,
            "post_migration_cleanup_state": true,
            "signature": "6QniTEoT5fWhEF3Iwu9m4RKo2vY9lyemBZ5WibGQX68=",
            "timestamp": "13172820183614318"
        },
    

    Thanks

  • Issue with extension was not exactly fixed. We just disabled feature which was causing it. Looking at what you sent seems to look ok. You might have different items there as offered Speed Dials depend on region and language.

    By design if anything is in blacklist it means user deleted those partner offers and we shouldn't added them again when updating list of Speed Dials. There is exception from this that we could force some partner to appear again, but this in normal case would happen just for certain Speed Dial and definitely not like every week. I will forward this to developers perhaps they will have some more ideas.

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  • Speed Dial / Start Page is a hasbeen. It was great back in 2004.

    O15 had Stash and at least it was something new for the whole 'landing' ~ before igniting to surf the world wide web.

    Internet has changed so much since and these days people need comprehensive service to keep, maintain and organize they're abundance of information and data, data, data.

    That other browser expanded Speed Dial with Stash Folders ~ sort of to say. Now I heard they're going even further.

    Perhaps people somewhere else - like at Reddit - would be interested to brainstorm a concept brainstorm. Use pencil and paper or PS or Gimp. Drawing board is always fun time of dev.

  • @rseiler are Speed Dials addition related to any changes you are doing to your system? Like updates or restarts perhaps?

  • @mgeffro That's interesting. Windows builds are updated roughly weekly here (reboots are a natural byproduct of that process), and this problem occurs on a similar interval, though I don't have any concrete knowledge of whether one has followed the other, since this idea never occurred to me.

    Yesterday, however, is fresh in mind. I did upgrade a Windows build, and Opera also triggered the problem. Hmmm. Is it even possible that Opera could be looking at the specific build number of Windows 10 in making the determination of whether it should un-blacklist something?

    I'll definitely be watching more closely now and let you know if one follows the other again.

  • @rseiler said in Are Speed Dial tiles being forced on us?:

    Yesterday, however, is fresh in mind. I did upgrade a Windows build, and Opera also triggered the problem. Hmmm. Is it even possible that Opera could be looking at the specific build number of Windows 10 in making the determination of whether it should un-blacklist something?

    With Windows 10 upgrades being almost like a full, fresh install anymore, maybe there's something to that.

  • I too get the extra speed dial tiles being added whenever I update to the latest Insider Preview build of Win10. It's one of the few really irritating behaviours I find with Opera, I have my speed dial arranged a certain way and these tiles getting added keeps cocking that up. I've tried deleting them and keeping them in the bin, I've tried deleting them and emptying the bin, I've tried moving them to a different bookmark folder and keeping them there. And yet every time I update Windows, there they are again.

    I get that Opera is supported by things like this. But it keeps adding tiles for stuff that I already have on there (eBay and Amazon for example). Could the behaviour at least be altered to check for duplicates before spamming the speed dial?

  • @customcruiser I'm told they're working on a fix now that the association between two seemingly separate things has been identified. Stay tuned.

  • Every once and a while, after an upgrade I do see a few additional Speed Dial tiles. I assume they're just sponsored links and delete them. Never had major problems with Speed Dial.

  • It seems to be corrected as of 56.0.3010.0, at least, since I installed a new Insider build yesterday and the problem hasn't triggered.

    I didn't see anything in the release notes that seemed like it, though Speed Dial was mentioned a few times, so I guess it was one of those.