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How can I make inactive users searchable in Confluence Edited

I would like to find pages in Confluence that our termed/inactive users created or contributed to.  I can see the users on our user management page but I can't specifically search for them using the contributor or creator search in Confluence.  

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@Erica Larson , I was looking for a way to find pages where a specific inactive user was mentioned, and found that I can paste this URL into the address bar (insert your site URL and the username of the inactive user). Hope it works for you too!


erica_larson Community Leader Jan 06, 2020

@Susan Ostreicher - Thank you.  This solution worked great.  I switched out "mention" with "contributor" or "creator" and I was able to find what I was looking for. 

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Thomas_Deiler Community Leader Feb 02, 2018

Dear @Erica Larson,

this is a classic mass data job to be done over the API.

Get all pages with history of one space:

Then you extract from each returned page information the creator (username) of it, and request its status:

The result JSON should tell you, if the user is inactive. If you get a HTTP code 404, the user doesn't exist any more. So you know which pages are without creators.

So long


Thomas_Deiler Community Leader Feb 06, 2018

Dear @Erica Larson,

have you figured out my solution? Do you need more assistance?

So long


Hi Thomas.  

Thanks for your suggestion but I am not sure that is what I am looking for.  I may have worded my question wrong.  I want my inactive users to be searchable within in Confluence.  I don't need to find all pages created by inactive users.  I want my users to be able to find specific pages that were created or contributed to by inactive users.  


Thomas_Deiler Community Leader Feb 06, 2018

@Erica Larson,

got you. But as soon as a user is inactive, you cannot search for them - they are "out". And the history of a page will not be searched. The search focuses on the present not the past.

So long


I'm not sure what this concept means, that of a search for documentation not concerning itself with the "past"  Certainly, documentation is all about retaining history and knowledge developed in the "past."  And clearly documentation of inactive users is *more* valuable, since they are no longer there to ask.  Weird idea, that only the current moment matters when looking for clues on how things have been done...

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