How do i hide author information in Confluence OnDemand

We want to make one space publicly accesible but we don't want the author name listed on the pages. How can we do this with Confluence OnDemand. I've found lots of suggestions when you host it yourself, but nothing for OnDemand users.

3 answers

1 accepted

1 vote
Answer accepted

I added a request for this feature a while ago: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-30449

Thank you. I added my vote.

You can make the user name and display name anonymous.

So if you have a user called Wyatt Noone, typically you might give them the login name wyattn (or something similar) and the display name Wyatt Noone. Unfortunately, this "outs" Wyatt as the author of all the content that they have created.

So instead of that, you create the user Wyatt Noone with the username and display name Editor21. Result: anyone who is not logged in to Confluence will only see that the page was created by Editor 21. Wyatt is anonymous.

At the same time, anyone who is logged in to Confluence can hover over “Editor 21” and Wyatt's email address will appear in a pop-up window. Assuming Wyatt’s email address is wyatt.noone(at)acmetrading.com, logged in users will be able to identify Wyatt as the author.

Unfortunately, while Confluence OnDemand allows you to change the user’s name (i.e. the display name) it doesn’t allow you to change the “username” (i.e. the login name). So this may not work if you are trying to anonymise content which has already been created by existing editors.

There is an option in the Confluence administration under “user email visibility” which might also assist; mine is set to “public” – I don’t know what difference it would make if I changed the default.

This seems like more of a workaround than a solution.

Depending on the configuration of your public space and pages, you could try using the CSS macro to hide the author's name. You'll need to find the right CSS element to hide. This needs to be applied on a page by page basis and note that it wouldn't actually remove the name, just obscure it from the average person viewing the page.

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Mar 12, 2019 in Confluence

Confluence Admin Certification now $150 for Community Members

More and more people are building their careers with Atlassian, and we want you to be at the front of this wave! Important Dates Start the Certification Prep Course by 2 April 2019 Take your e...

1,270 views 2 13
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you