How to hide a page when deleted instead of moving it to trash


I have a request from one of our customers, they want to handled removed pages in a slightly different way.

Instead of moving it to the space trash can, they want the page to stay at it's current location in the structure but only be visible to a certain group and somehow marked as deleted (including preserved history and information on when it was deleted).

To my knowledge, this is not possible in Confluence today. Or have I missed some plugin out there?

To make it even more interesting, it would be great if the page's attachments could be handled in a similar way.

I would very much appreciate a comment on this feature request.

Best regards


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I see that Thomas provided some good suggestions. Alternatively, you can raise a feature request at regarding this matter so it can hopefully be implemented in future versions of Confluence.

Giuliano Tenedini
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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Aug 08, 2012

Hi Tommy,

I don't think that there's a plugin for something like that, you have to do it manually.

Of course you can restrict pages to some people instead of deleting them. The attachments of these pages are restricted also by restricting a page. And of course you can mark them with a big red "deleted" on top of the page or a label or something.

But I would not do it. I think it will be a big effort to do that, you increase the complexity of your spaces, people who are allowed to see the deleted pages get them in the search results. You have to look, if you don't hide a full tree of pages instead of a single page. What do you do, if you want to preserve the child pages, but not the parent page ?

If you don't want do delete these pages, maybe you can create a new space for them and move the "to delete-pages" to that space. You can restrict the visibility of that "trash space" only to a few people and it is clear, that every page from this space is a deleted one from another space.



Would archiving instead of deleting do the trick?

This way you could mark the page to archive as opposed to deleted. You can restrict access to the archived space.

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