You also have to remember Ol' Grandma doesn't muck up settings, because she is too busy finding out how to google Google, even if she's found out how to spell 'Opera'. It's power users who fiddle around, not newBs. And it was power users who went down with Opera for years. Opera is even now, 1.5 years down the chromium road, inferior to what it was with v12 in almost every respect. I still can't use y for youtube, b for my tech board and change the google search link because of some weird security reasons (I truly am sorry, it's no difference changing whatever file if there's no user security barrier, which is down with admin installations anyway - so the reason is horse shit). I can't change my interface, can't write my own adblocker on the fly (which is still way more effective than any other I found, because it uses MY wildcards), can't just open a downloading file instead of saving it first, can't change most settings (look at this 'advanced settings mode' - it's a goddamn joke!)... Go on, open the settings in v12, fiddle around - and then tell me this was where Ol' Grandma cooked her soup.
I use Opera since v6, so for about 13 years. I didn't change from IE5 to Opera for the friendlier icon color. I wanted a tool - fast, configurable and bound to my needs. Much like a fully fledged jet cockpit. And I got it until 1.5 years ago. Opera v15+ was a Fisher Price car, and v26 isn't much better. I'm pretty sure that's why about 50% of the opera users still use v11 and v12 while the newbies download the newest (and I bet those 50% are the power users who stuck to Opera for ages). I will install v12 again for my new machine, and start looking around for an alternative, since some websites already break with the old version. If v30 doesn't bring back CORE features of Opera v12 I'm gone.
Funny side note: Opera 26 isn't even able to work properly with this text box. Now THAT's progress, I'm truly amazed!