There are many users, though perhaps not a majority, who remain discontented and disappointed with the discontinuation of the design of Presto Opera and the perceived loss of so much of its configurability and its clever ways of doing a lot of things, built up over many years of development and user-involved testing.
Some of these users harbor a gut-level, instinctive perception that if they just keep criticising and explaining the importance (to them) of the things not present in Blink Opera, somehow Opera's developers will "see the light" and put them back in - or else, even toss up their hands and revert the design back to Presto. Unfortunately, gut-level instinctive perceptions are not always right, and I (though I'm one of those 'discontented' users) believe the Opera browser die has been cast, so to speak. That is, Opera is not going to reverse itself and return to Presto; most of the specific and detailed configurability I revered in Presto Opera is not going to return under Blink; and new features are irreversibly replacing old features because Opera's perception of the user base it is seeking to attract has fundamentally changed.
So either a user adapts to reality and moves along as best they can, or they keep hoping against hope that their continual carping and criticism will somehow cause "the miracle" to occur so that things will go back to where they were. The latter is a common human trait, linking "denial" with the human tendency to continually seek a return to "normalcy". Unfortunately, the trait can also leave one living outside of reality... and that's not a good place to stay for very long.
Honestly, I know it will change nothing and that is not my motivation. I come here 1)for hopes of updates to Opera Mail and 2)because I am the curious type. But I can't help myself when I see such hypocrisy and petty taunts aimed at loyal and long time users
and thank you for your input, your posts are informative and far from the usual rhetoric