So I switched my Home folder. Didn't do the symlinking. Wanted to see if it was necessary, and it might still be as this leads me to two new questions:
1) How does this affect Time Machine backups? Can I just proceed normally, or will Time Machine only copy my boot drive, because - here's the thing: though I did not copy it over with carbon copy cloner, my SSD (boot drive) still has a users folder, even though there is nothing in it (except my dropbox folder - need to move it).
2) I'm having an issue in itunes where I get an error message saying "you dont have enough access privileges for this operation". No functionality is lost, but I didn't know if it spoke to a larger issue I should address. This maybe is where symlinks could solve the problem?
Again, thanks so much for your advice on this guys. Mad props!
?? will Time Machine only copy my boot drive ??
How it works
Time Machine creates a folder on the designated Time Machine volume which is named the current date and time. It then copies all locally attached drives (except for files and directories that it has specifically been told not to copy, including the Time Machine volume itself) to the folder.
-- from Wikipedia article on Time Machine (Mac OS)
RE: iTunes, what are you trying to do, and what directory are you targeting? GetInfo on that directory, and see if the Permissions are set appropriately, and adjudt them if necessary, then use the little gear symbol in the bootom of the GetInfo window to "propagate permissions to all enclosed items". If this does not make sense to you, post back with a little more info and readers will be glad to offer their help.