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As it's been pointed out in another issue (), it would be really great to allow a group of users to create profiles for other users, too. Unfortunately, currently it's only possible using the 'administer nodes' permission, which is not very nice. (We don't necessarily want users with 'editor' role to see all the node settings.)
So I'm proposing a solution here by attaching a patch that introduces a new permission called 'create profile for users'.
In a nutshell, users with this permission will be able to access the profile creation form - even if they already have an existing profile node - and will also be able to set author of the node (hence the profile's owner) by accessing the node author field.
Diffed against HEAD, should also work with 6.x-1.0-beta4.