I'm wondering if anyone has written a plugin/hack that allows loopless access to author attributes like the description, email, etc. If there hasn't been one, I'd write one if there's interest. I think that rather than having to make performance-taxing calls to the loop for every individual author, a straight-up access to the
users table would make more sense in several cases.
I've been expecting
get_author_[attribute] functions to be added into the code base for several releases, but it just isn't happening.
Let me know!