@leocg ... Understood - thank you.
But I can't think of any other HUGELY visible high-traffic feature in Opera that offers zero configuration opportunities to the user.
Since you're a Moderator, maybe you can pass this complaint on to Opera 'Client Success & Happiness' department, The shallowness of what Opera Management considered worthy news was wretched and really silly.
This is the first really resonant (to me) Opera black mark that I've seen and felt in a very very long time.