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there is a bug with CCK user reference module, If i mark it as a required field, then the node can't be submited, it thorows error like that field is required (but it is filled)
I nitoced similar thing in another issues, e.g. filefield, so maybe it is some global bug. However, I could't put it into #problemss with non cck modules because this is core CCK module - user reference.