Can you please help me find out how to add a simple text input box to a page that anyone can edit without having to go in Edit Mode. (similar to a tickbox, but using letters instead of ticks)
A simple dropdown would work just as well, if a text input box such as the one described above doesn't exist.
Please let me know if you need further info.
Unfortunately, It's not possible to do that in Confluence. If you would like to edit the content I'm afraid you need to go in Edit mode. If you would like some template with text field variable, it's available in Confluence. Also there's a third party commercial plugin that might be favorable to you which is Scaffolding Plugin. However, I am not sure whether it's similar with your requirement. Hope it helps!
This is an old thread but I thought I would update since I had the same issue and just stumbled upon the solution.
Running Confluence 5.5 and creating a custom template I can insert a variable. Once I give the variable a name, I can change the type to multi line text and it lets me choose the size.
here's what we did. not sure it will get your intent though. we have a complex rollup page with many things that we didn't want every engineer to be encouraged to edit in. however, we didn't want to take away edit rights because they all have their own pages to handle. this wasn't about trusting users, but really about have a fragile formatted page we didn't want people to have ease of access to edit formatting. so what we tried was creating a subpage with only text and no formatting. we then added the page using the excerpt macro on the the parent page where we wanted the text to lie. THEN we added a line of text that said "click here to add comment" with a URL to the subpage and the catch is that the URL open the subpage in edit mode.
the final stage of affairs is that the user will visit the page, click the URL to go to the subpage to edit text. the macro will display all the text when the user clicks save at the bottom. the user is not likely to edit the formatting of the master page.
Are they any recent options for adding a multi-line text box to a confluence page that does not require a user to have 'edit' permissions?
Note: there ARE several add-ons that allow users to 'edit' content on the page without edit permissions (drop-down boxes, checkboxes), so why not allow a text box entry, (but the text edits need to be recorded in the page activity)
Unfortunately no. Atlassian is unlikely to implement basic functionality such as text boxes. I have never seen them respond to forum posts, and their backlog is impressively long. And give the fact that there are Add-ons (which cost $$) they are even more unlikely to implement a solution in the base functionality. So until there is some competition for these basic features, we are locked into suffering with insufficient basic functionality.
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