Anyone have any opinions on this tag? good or bad? seems a little odd to me, and seems like it might be starting to get abused by a couple of people. Here's a link to the not-root-user tag. (note: there are like 6 questions edited pending approval to add it)
non-root could have been a better name for this tag. That said, the tag is helpful, in that it shows an important aspect of the problem. It also helps categorize questions, for example, "Installing Chrome" is one, but "Installing Chrome without root access" is another.
I also noticed that a bunch of questions have just been retagged with
not-root-user, some incorrectly. Prevent non-root user from formatting a partition is an example of a question that should not have been tagged with
not-root-user, because the problem doesn't involve the user not being able or not wanting to become root. Non-Root Package Managers, on the contrary, should have the tag.
One way to determine if a tag is actually useful is to imagine if anyone would subscribe to it (RSS/email). Why would anyone subscribe to this tag is a bit beyond me. Most of the questions here would be on-topic for such a tag anyways (root access is a small part of system usage), so in that case I agree with phunehehe that the tag could have a better name (maybe nonroot-installation). But even then, is the tag that interesting? Why not just use installation.
Let's talk about me. I've used Debian more than any other OS, so I'm more likely to answer a apt question than a yum one. Why would one be more interested in answering nonroot-install questions than other install questions? Is it really likely that someone would be good in one and not the other, as opposed to the case for apt and yum?