Re: The real culprit
"That would be my choice. If there are tasks that normal users need to perform frequently enough to make logging in as root too cumbersome, then why are we making those tasks root-only in the first place?"
Probably because, in spite of their frequent use, they're inherent security risks. It's like having to pass through a security gate a hundred times a day. It's a PITA, but the bad guy only needs to be lucky ONCE.