On your substantive comments, we all realize must realize at this point that Opera Blink has had to be reprogrammed from scratch, and the change to Blink (to give us the faster browser, the one more capable of accessing a wider range of sites than the old Opera) is only about a year along.
I'm a developer myself although in a different field, so I understand the required time for a reboot like that perfectly well. That said, the time to familiarize oneself with a different code-base is usually a matter of weeks, especially if you're employed to do that stuff full-time. After that, you can start writing productive code.
Also, one must be fair and recall that the Opera developers only very recently decided that they needed to add the bookmarks bar. For quite a while they thought the Speed Dial with folders along with, I guess, Stash, could take the place of bookmarks. But receiving feedback from their users, they have moved in the right direction. It is clear that they will be adding more to support bookmarks in the future.
They were aware of it from the first day of the public beta. If you had read the shitstorm in the dozens of pages of the developer's blog back then, you would have instinctively taken cover to be safe from flying objects. I'm only half-kidding when I say this, because the devs acknowledged the discontent of many users even before Opera 15 was officially released. Someone from the company even offered in a post on his (personal) blog to create a list of the most important features the new browser was missing. The number of times bookmarks was mentioned surprised no-one.
Frankly, the response of the Opera development team has had me concerned for a while now. When they were first faced with the backlash against their removal of the bookmarks system, it took them a full 245 days from May 28th (Opera 15 Beta) to October 24th (Opera 19 Final) (149 days) to add back a feature, which had been present in Chromium/Blink already! This is a development speed, which can easily be matched and surpassed by non-profit, non-commercial and even hobby projects. I'm not only talking about Mozilla and its Firefox here, but also other browsers like [QupZilla](http://www.qupzilla.com/" target="_blank) or [Otter Browser](http://otter-browser.org/" target"_blank).
Even right now, I don't at all feel handicapped. With the right bookmark manager extension (and I listed a couple good ones, which give a nice vertical window to manage your bookmarks), and maybe something like the extension, Add Bookmark, one can do quite well in Opera 22.
I'm very glad for you. My parents and sister use Google Chrome and are very happy with it, so I'm sure they'd adore the new Opera as well. It isn't that the browser is bad, because even I find many things likeable about it, but it doesn't fit my requirements the way every Opera until version 12 did. The possibility to adapt it with extensions is too limited unfortunately. Yes I can have a bookmarks extension, but it is one more icon of many I need in the address bar and as soon as the dropdown-popup loses its focus, it disappears again. That is no way for me to work efficiently, not when I am constantly switching between tabs, while maintaining my bookmark collection.
Remember that the Speed Dial with folders is a huge, spectacular, quite attractive resource for saving bookmarks/favorites, and that feature is unique to Opera 22. Nothing closely resembling it was available in the old Opera, which has a much more primitive Speed Dial.
This was a great idea by Opera, no doubt about it. I began using it when it appeared in, I believe, Opera 9. But the fact of the matter is, that it has been available elsewhere for many years. I've been using the [Super Start](https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/super-start/" target="_blank) extension for my Firefox, which mimics the Opera Speed Dial perfectly, but even before that I knew about Speed Dial clones for other browsers. The one thing Super Start doesn't support are the speed dial extensions Opera 12 once had, like unread mails in your GMail account for example, but I don't even know if they still work in Opera 15+.
And Stash is a nice feature in Opera 22 to save things too (that might not rise to the level of a bookmark, but are deserving of a later look -- also not available in the old Opera. So Opera 22 -- in its present state of becoming -- can IMHO still do quite well in comparison to Opera Presto when it comes to saving favorites.
I can agree on that, at least partially. For a casual user the different ways to bookmark web pages are great, but neither of the three systems offer much depth, which is definitely important if you're a power user.
The way I see it: Stash is for those websites you bookmark on a lark, either because they're interesting for a short while, or because you were interrupted before you could finish reading the page, or for many other reasons why a short-term save to an unsorted list is good enough. The Speed Dial is perfect for one or two dozen of the most used bookmarks, those pages of yours which you visit daily or even more often. The SD is a truly great concept, because you have a visual representation of the website or a logo thereof, and access to a website can be done in as little as two mouse clicks from anywhere in the browser.
But - and for me that's the essential part - both Stash and Speed Dial have huge drawbacks if you're dealing with a larger number of links. SD allows no nested folders, it doesn't support sorting of any kind and if you have more than 20 links in one folder, you already need to scroll. If you're an extensive bookmarks user like me, then the bookmarks bar is the only thing that works and even then, it's not a very good implementation. Both the bookmark managing and their display in the old Opera 12 was way superior to any alternative in any currently developed browser.