I've been an Opera user for a good 7-8 years now, switching over once Chrome and Firefox became too bloated and leaky. I really love Opera, I do, I've never stuck with a browser as long as I have Opera. Heck I love it enough to have created this account now just to plead for it not to die.
This "Feature" on top of a growing list of changes that has hindered usability is enough to make me switch browsers. Yes some users will complain and threaten to leave every time anything is changed but this sort of blatant anti-user browser hijack in all but name is on another level. Who thought this was a good idea and wouldn't lead to complaints and eventually a declining user base? I just now experience this for myself, I was already frustrated with booking.com's unwanted adware, yes I'm going to call it that, speed dial links returning randomly. How long are we going to keep calling that a "Bug"? Is this a "bug" that'll be on the to-do list to fix forever too?