Zalex108, I saw that comment in the thread you quoted during my initial search for a solution. The word depracated worried me somewhat. So once I found my bookmarks, I backed them up and turned off Opera updates by using the rename workaround.
My first post ommited that my version of Opera is 43.0.2442.806 (PGO) and my OS is Windows 7 64-bit (WoW64). Also, I have never used or setup syncronization.
I don't file bookmarks every time I make a bookmark. I don't mind having them unsorted. I can find them by their default sorting (most recent first) and if I am searching for something that is not recent, then I simply type in a keyword in the search box to drill down the list.