Why mess with my settings?

  • Why in God's name have you messed Opera again. Now I have black boxes where I once had coloured folders with MY sites inside and for some bloody insane reason the Bookmarks/SpeedDial bar is now locked at the bottom on my screen when I had irt on the left WHERE I WANTED IT. Is this some childish 'oh let's annoy our clients and FUCK THINGS UP' idea or do you really have any ideas. There is not even a return to button. SORT IT

  • Search navigation bar in Opera:flags and disable it.

  • Opera is messed up "again" you say. When was it messed up the first time?

    It's interesting to see the difference in how many ask for help on the Mozilla forum and how many supposedly ask for help here (and yes... sadly vulgar language and threats seem to be far more common among Opera users than Mozilla users who are also frustrated). I wonder why?

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    It's interesting to see the difference in how many ask for help on the Mozilla forum and how many supposedly ask for help here (and yes... sadly vulgar language and threats seem to be far more common among Opera users than Mozilla users who are also frustrated). I wonder why?

    Indeed. However, IMO there are two likely reasons: First, I suspect (but cannot prove) that threads/posts with vulgar language and threats tend to get pulled more immediately over there. There is no compelling reason for any company to host outright rudeness toward themselves on any forum they fund. Vulgarity, obscenity, threats, and personal attacks on the company's staff always cross that line, IMHO.

    Second, I believe the redesign of the Blink Opera browser inherently impacted more user-visible features and configurability in "one fell swoop" than even the most controversial Firefox version upgrades. In Mozilla's case, the nature of their upgrade progression allowed most of the previous features/tweaks to still be familiarly accessible after a given version upgrade... but, indeed, loud controversies have still erupted there each significant upgrade regarding the ones that were lost (eg: with Aurora). And one might recall this was the case even within Opera's Presto upgrades, especially around the 10.xx to 11.xx migration point and the 11.xx to 12.xx upgrade.

    In the case of Blink, Opera stepped off a rhetorical "design cliff" (and I'm not intending that term here as a criticism, but only as a magnitude descriptive)... and the impact of such radical degree of change all at one time will usually be highly profound among prior users/customers. I would venture to guess that even if Opera had adopted Gecko or Trident or any of perhaps a dozen other rendering engines, there would still have been a lot of rude criticism.

    Upon reflection, there is perhaps a kind of "populism" third reason in which many past Opera users considered use of the Opera browser as a kind of rebellious stance against the "big business" browser houses, and anything that appeared to have diminished Opera's independence (such as adopting anything to do with Chrome's legacy) is viewed as a kind of sell-out. Whenever politics and things like populism are brought to bear, intense emotional expression can and will readily spill over into even the most arid technical discussions.

  • This sounds reasonable, blackbird. It occurred to me that the change made to the Opera browser versus the Mozilla browser was far more all-encompassing which might result in greater frustration and hostility. It does not excuse the vulgar language used by "some" angry posters here but it does provide an explanation.

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