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  • I have about ten users out of 750 that have their usernames displayed in brackets on the Write Post screen. Does anyone know why this is?

    All of these users are Contributors; some have been users for a really long time, some are new.

    If I select their name as the author for a post, it shows in the post lists as having no author. However, when I view it actually in the blog, the author is set OK.


    This is a fairly standard WP install which is integrated with BBPress.

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  • Bump. Can anyone help me out? I’ve searched and Googled in vain.

    Bump. Let me offer a bit more info.

    As you can see from this link, sometimes TDOMF (a plug-in) is not displaying the author name correctly on the page. (“This post was submitted by .”)

    You can also see the problem in the WordPress admin screen – affected usernames are blank:

    Interestingly, when composing a new post, the same problematic authors appear in brackets at the top of the list.

    Can anyone suggest what might be causing this? I don’t really mind them being hidden in the admin screen, but it looks weird on the post screen.

    I have compared two users with/without brackets and cannot see any differences in their user profiles whatsoever.

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