dear wp-geeks, i want to create one or two pages that display general user information. i first want it to show authors ordered by number of posts and second users ordered by username. the info should contain the user's name as it is displayed publicly, biographical information, his homepage and maybe messenger-ids. so far, i have created a page titled "authors" and entered information manually. but it would be sexier, if users could change displayed information themselves, by editing their user-profile in the admin's panel.
i've consulted the codex Author Templates page already. although i couldn't grasp it's full meaning yet, i think this goes into my direction. but i also think it goes far beyond my conception.
does anybody know a less complex method to realise my general user information page? maybe by including some inlinded php template_tags into my already existing page? my php experience doesn't goe far beyond making small changes on existing code. i'd be very grateful to your help.
#edit: maybe i should add that my template has no authors.php yet.