It is interesting to read the reviews at download.com, and it is also interesting to note how Opera's rating has apparently dropped lately. Even more interesting is the fact that Opera 7.54 with Java has 89%, while Opera without Java only has 75%. It is as if someone has decided to link to only one of the products, asking people to go there and vote, perhaps even encouraging negative reviews…
Conspiracy theories aside, if you read the negative reviews, it seems that a lot of them are saying that "Opera is great and all, but Firefox is better". While that is a perfectly legitimate opinion, I don't quite understand why the give Opera a thumbs down if they think it's a nice program. Just because they happen to think something else is better, doesn't mean that they absolutely need to give Opera a thumbs down, does it?
Naive as I may be, I found that the negative reviews were a bit on the harsh side, most of them talking about how Firefox is better and Opera is terrible in just about every way imaginable. Not exactly the Christmas spirit we are all looking for! A great way to end this year would be to get some more balanced reviews for Opera, so here goes:
My Christmas wish for the community this year is to go to download.com and give your honest opinion about Opera!
Since the non-Java version is really suffering, that's where I would like to see more reviews:
If you feel like bringing more Christmas spirit to the Opera community, you could drop by the Java version as well:
Again, give your honest opinion about Opera, and please don't go spamming other products with bad reviews even if you happen to prefer Opera! Remember, Opera users are generally open-minded, and we don't go around mindlessly bashing something just because we prefer something else.
With this, I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a happy and pleasant New Year! Aside from the recently released Opera beta, next year will have good things in store for Opera users.
I'll return to the latest Opera beta in a later journal entry, but for now, have a good one!