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I'm using this piece of code to list users and their information. The problem I'm having is that the description isn't showing. Obviously it's because the description lays under "user_meta" and not "users". But how would I solve that?

<?php
    $blogusers = get_users('include=2,3,4,5,6,7,8');
    foreach ($blogusers as $user) {
        echo '<li>'
        . get_avatar($user->ID, 120) .
        '<br />'
        . $user->display_name .
        '<br />'
        . $user->user_email .
        '<br />'
        . $user->user_description .
        '</li>';
    }
?>
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The Native get_users() function returns an array of user objects and each on holds

   [ID] => 1
   [user_login] => admin
   [user_pass] => $P$Bxudi6gJMk2GRt2ed3xvZ06c1BPZXi/
   [user_nicename] => admin
   [user_email] => admin@host.com
   [user_url] => http://localhost/
   [user_registered] => 2010-06-29 07:08:55
   [user_activation_key] => 
   [user_status] => 0
   [display_name] => Richard Branson

as you can see user_description is not a part of this object since it's stored in a different table in the database(usermeta as oppose to users). So Instead of $user->user_description use get_user_meta($user->ID, 'description', true)

<?php
$blogusers = get_users('include=2,3,4,5,6,7,8');
foreach ($blogusers as $user) {
    echo '<li>'
    . get_avatar($user->ID, 120) .
    '<br />'
    . $user->display_name .
    '<br />'
    . $user->user_email .
    '<br />'
    . get_user_meta($user->ID, 'description', true) .
    '</li>';
}
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Just in case anyone (just like me) comes across this thread, you can extend this to show custom fields.

Add this to your theme's functions.php:

// Extend user profile
// CUSTOM USER PROFILE FIELDS
function my_custom_userfields( $contactmethods ) {

// ADD CONTACT CUSTOM FIELDS
$contactmethods['contact_phone_office']     = 'Office Phone';
$contactmethods['contact_phone_mobile']     = 'Mobile Phone';

// ADD ADDRESS CUSTOM FIELDS
$contactmethods['address_line_1']       = 'Address Line 1';
$contactmethods['address_line_2']       = 'Address Line 2 (optional)';
$contactmethods['address_city']         = 'City';
$contactmethods['address_state']        = 'State';
$contactmethods['address_postcode']      = 'Postcode';

// ADD SOCIAL CUSTOM FIELDS
$contactmethods['contact_twitter']       = 'Twitter';
$contactmethods['contact_facebook']      = 'Facebook';
$contactmethods['contact_linkedin']      = 'LinkedIn';

return $contactmethods;
}
add_filter('user_contactmethods','my_custom_userfields',10,1);

then just add whatever fields you want to your foreach call, like:

echo '<li>'. get_avatar($user->ID, 120) .'<br />'. $user->display_name .'<br /><a href="mailto:'. $user->user_email .'">'. $user->user_email .'</a><br />'. get_user_meta($user->ID, 'description', true) .'<br />'. get_user_meta($user->ID, 'contact_twitter', true) .' - '. get_user_meta($user->ID, 'contact_facebook', true) .' - '. get_user_meta($user->ID, 'contact_linkedin', true) .'</li>';

I hope this is ok to post here. It's slightly off topic, but hopefully it helps (if not mods, please remove).

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