A couple of things about this in case this article turns into another thread of doom.
1) Fedora has no policy at present regarding what actions a user should be able to take without root access and I suspect most if not all other distributions don't have a written policy either. Though one may be in the works for us.
2) The package maintainers introduced this early on in the F12 lifecycle. That no one caught it and complained is a fault of the lifecycle, not the maintainers.
3) Fedora 12 was released on Tuesday, it's now Thursday and problem has been taken care of and all of us (not just in Fedora) will be giving second thoughts to things like this in the future. Kudos for the quick response, I'd like to think we're all better for it.