I am using the latest version, 1.5.3 and I can NOT authorize any 'authors'. If I do what you say above, all I can do is just manually register a person, with no author rights, there is no nothing for me to give them author rights. I want to be able to list people I know that do writing, which is very important for blogs, to be able to 'start' an 'article' and post it themselves. Only me, the admin, is an author. Your above "Go into your Admin Panel, and select USERS and create all the accounts you want. I can see no reason why you couldn't have 55+ authors. Give it a whirl and let us know how it goes!" does not work. I like WP, but I will have to give it some strong thought about using it if I can't give anyone the same authorship I have instead of 'comment' rights. What say you?