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last thing i'll type tonight, so sorry for the fuzzyness:
stories, pages, and blogs created by users other than user1 are marked as being posted by anonymous. i haven't even given anonymous users permission to post these content types, so this is really wierd. the admin log shows the events of the nodes being posted by the users i was logged in as, but when i view the nodes they say they were posted by anonymous. i disabled and even deleted all non-core modules (flexinode, usernodes), backed up my database and started completely over making new tables with database.mysql. the code running is from today's cvs tarball.
php 4.4, mysql 4.1.18, the only things i've done have been overriding the user_profile and profile_listing in the theme to do minor cosmetic stuff and to get a list of recent posts on users' profile pages, and making a categorized listing of users: http://drupal.org/node/46156#comment-105947 and in action http://www.communityagroecology.net/_aaa/?q=node/1
i don't know what other info i should provide, check it out: http://www.communityagroecology.net/_aaa/