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References claims that it is now deprecated in favor of Entity Reference. But I can't quite connect the dots on how an Entity Reference can point to a specific user. Ideally, I would have this field simply be the user that originally submitted the node.

Basically, all I want is a "File" content type that includes the user who uploaded the file. I feel like I am over-complicating it. Please help.

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    If you make a content type the authoring information would be the user who uploaded the file, right? I'm not sure why you'd need to make it an entity reference. – Cthos Feb 12 '13 at 2:03
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Is this what you need?

  1. Add a field to the File content type. For FIELD TYPE choose "Entity Reference".
  2. Save and configure the new field. For Target type choose "User".

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