root user crontabs

Can someone give me an example why and when one should prefer a root user crontab (as in crontab -e) above something defined in or beneath /etc/crontab* – or /etc/periodic or whatever your environment uses?

A normal user crontab, ok, if you really need one which you really can’t or shouldn’t configure to run as root. But for root jobs, I don’t see the point. To let it live beneath /etc seems much more cleaner, to me?

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