vi changes ownership in Fedora 12

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I don't know if this has been brought up or not yet and I am sorry if it has but in school I just found out that if you use "vi" in the terminal, you can modify and view documents even if you don't "own' it. In the lab, we made a file in the home/student directory as 'root' and then tried "touching" it in terminal as the student. Of course we get prompted with the "access denied" message because we were not "root" when touching. We then tried something...we "vi" the same file that we created as a "root" and could (HowTos)