There should really be an option to upload self-hosted profile pictures instead of using Gravatars. For WordPress installations used as newspaper or magazine sites the Author information with a Gravatar-picture is a perfect byline, this becomes somewhat less intuitive when you can't upload self hosted images for your staff. When you turn to plugins they all seem to generate conflicts and issues, so this simple thing caused quite alot of headache. I guess i'm not the only person out there who used WordPress for a magazine-styled site and I really think WordPress is stuck in some in-between blog and CMS Limbo. Move towards CMS and build a super-simplified alternate/client backend like Tubmlr, where you as a developer can leave them with a simple "Write a new post-and thats about it"-interface.
For example all of the "Profile" part of backend feels left behind, who ever uses Yahoo IM? What about facebook-username, Twitter user-name etc. I think there is some re-thinking needed to be done here. :)