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In Nodestream contributors can be both people with and without a user account. For the ones that do have a user account it would be cool to have a way to keep the contributor node in sync with the user account so the user only has to update stuff like photo, bio, etc. in one place.
I am working on creating a rule or two to achieve this. Let me know if there is an easier way. :)