I have the main admin account for my client's Confluence, but for various reasons I just set up a non-admin account for myself. When I logged in as this new user, I saw for the first time that a couple of the users had set up personal spaces. When I visit 'Space Directory' when logged in as the Administrator, I could not see any Personal Spaces at all; yet logged in as my non-admin user I could see two personal spaces.
On my Admin login I created a Personal space, and this IS visible to the Administrator as a personal space... but why can't it see the other personal spaces? I am 99% sure that there would not have been any attempt to hide it from me; especially as one of the spaces was for my non-admin user.
As this was my first step in experimentation to discover the 'right' security settings for transitioning documents between different owners and different publicity settings, it was very disappointing to find out that even as admin I may have a complete picture of what is on our Cloud Confluence.
I've also noticed that there is even a Site Space that I do not see in the Administrative login. It was a space created by someone else.
It's almost as if the Administrator is only seeing a filtered view of Spaces where 'he' is the Administrator in the Space Details - but obviously I can confirm I do not have anything in the 'Filter' textbox at the top-right.
I realised that as I had created most pages and spaces in the system the admin user was the 'Individual User' named on most spaces except the invisible ones.
Somewhere along the lines, it seems like my admin user 'lost' it's 'confuence-users' group membership*. Anyway, now I have added the Admin user back to the users role that login can now see these spaces that were hidden before.
* I realise its more than likely I removed it at some time misunderstanding its importance, assuming that 'administrator' status trumped all over privileges which is obviously NOT the case.
Thanks for your suggestion. Although ultimately it lead to my finding the solution, I have not marked your suggestion as the answer because in this case the real problem was the loss of a permission on the viewing user; it was not the spaces that had actively excluded the Admin user.
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