I've seen a few posts about this but I haven't seen a clear answer, or a detailed problem report. So here goes:
I followed the instructions on the Codex about author templates, and copied the example script provided. When I view the page, I get "Posts By :" without a name, as well as a list of posts for that user.
Example page: http://www.monamouchtim.com/author/lucas/
"Lucas" is the nickname entered, eslachance is the username of the account. This account is administrator.
I've tried a few tests without the permalinks, and here's how it goes:
http://www.monamouchtim.com/?author_name=lucas , I get the same as above (a list of posts but no name)
http://www.monamouchtim.com/?author_name=eslachance , I get "Posts by Lucas:" but no posts are shown.
In neither case do I get any more information than just the posts by, and there is no profile information displayed using $curauth->user_description; .
Can anyone help me on this one?