jrista, I've been following your posts and have to thank you for expressing my views exactly. About the anger, I can't understand why everyone is not furious with Opera.
Besides these recent setbacks, there's the age-old problem of Opera's huge number of errors. I've been especially frustrated time and time again when Opera would fix a problem only to have the problem reappear in a newer release, and again, and again. What does this day about Opera's software management? Are there competing groups of Opera programmers, each trying to swap the other group's fixes out and their own old code back in?
I don't know where to turn. I also have thousands of bookmarks, with wonderful hierarchies and dummy bookmarks used to assign attributes to folders. Searching in Opera, when it works, has always been wonderful. For example, I could search and find all products (each product in its own folder) which use a particular battery (the battery being indicated by one of my dummy attribute bookmarks). For this to work, when bookmarks match you must be able to see the hierarchy each bookmark is contained in.
Such searches, which show the containing hierarchy of each found bookmark, along with keyboard cut-and-paste of multiple bookmarks and folders enables easy maintenance of such a large bookmark file.
It appears that this strategy, which has served me so well for numerous applications, is dead.
I have absolutely no faith left in Opera, and as quickly as I can find another browser with a rich feature set, I will bolt. Firefox's strategy, minimal features and thousands of extensions, will never work. Nothing will be ever done well, done completely, or be guaranteed to be there tomorrow.
Anyway, thanks for your efforts. Unfortunately I doubt Opera has enough intelligence to listen.