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Disable "Watches" for new users by default



currently, when we have a new person joining our company, and we accordingly set up a new confluence account for this user, the user is automatically added as a watcher to our confluence space.

This means that a new employee is bombarded with mails regarding any changes to any page within this space.


I know we can ask each user to use the "Stop Watching" functionality by going to "Watches" in their profile settings. autowatch spaces.png


Is there, however, a way for us to change the default "watches" of any and all new users we create? That would be a lot more practical if we could simply control the watches for new users on an admin-level.



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Alexis Robert Community Leader Sep 03, 2021

Hi @Chris Fortmueller , 


as far as I know it is not possible to turn this off globally on a Confluence Cloud site. However there is a new feature request being tracked here :


Another solution would be to remove new users from the watchers with the Confluence API :


Let me know if this helps, 



@Alexis Robert Thanks for your idea and your response! :). We will check if we can integrate a call to the API in our workflow for new employees. Alternatively, we might manually disable the watch on an individual level within this workflow.

Hello @Alexis Robert 

so i managed to get space watchers and their affiliated account id by requesting:

GET /wiki/rest/api/space/SPACEKEY/watch


Followed by:

DELETE /wiki/rest/api/user/watch/space/SPACEKEY?accountid=ACCOUNTID

i'm getting status code 204 which is a sucess by documentation, but the user is not deleted from space watches


Am i getting something wrong here? Is this a bug?

Darryl Lee Community Leader Nov 09, 2021

Answered in the separate question where you asked this.

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