Originally Posted by Fridge Gnome
You're not in the minority there, rooting and then not changing anything is silly, that's like building your own computer, and then only using stock dell parts.
I agree. Rooting and doing absolutely nothing that requires root is pointless.
But, rooting and keeping the stock firmware is not pointless. I have rooted, and I like the stock rom and TouchWiz interface. From here, you can remove unwanted programs (bloatware). I use Titanium Backup, which requires root. I use it for backups, obviously, and to freeze certain programs/processes (such as the ones that check for and initiate OTA updates).
I use Avast! Mobile Security and it has the option for root installation of it's Anti-Theft software, which is protected from uninstallation and remains even during factory wipe and/or hard reset. Nice feature that I use.
I also use the Sixaxis app, which lets me use my PS3 controller on my phone. This app also requires root.
With root, you also have access to all files on your phone and are not restricted. But of course you need to be careful with this ability, so as not to mess anything up.
There are many other useful apps that require root or have enhanced functionality due to having root access.