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Search pages based on @Mentions

Chad Barnes Nov 08, 2011

Is there a way to search based on a specific @Mention? For example, find all pages that have used "@John Doe" as a mention.

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Ole Kristensen Apr 25, 2012

A search macro for @mentions would be nice!

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Ali Altiparmak Jan 03, 2017
  1. Go to search page ->  (or type something on right top search bar and hit enter)
  2. On Search Page, click "Add a filter" link on left sidebar
  3. Select "MENTIONING USER" filter
  4. Type related user and select one in suggested
  5. Voila!


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Sherif Mansour Atlassian Team Nov 10, 2011

Hi Chad,

We don't really have a good way of doing this right now. Can I ask why this is important to you?

Chad Barnes Nov 10, 2011

We are creating pages in confluence, one for each deliverable in our product. As we are defining the page (as a small group of people) we are adding @Mentions in the pages as a way of identifying subject matter experts (from the larger group of people). This is convenient because we can associate some people with the content and they get emailed as a heads-up. Later on we would like to run some reports (searches) based on subject matter experts to see which deliverables they are associated with.

I think this will be a big time saver when we start turning our deliverables into JIRA tasks and making formal assignments.

Thomas Wendel Mar 17, 2014

I know it's been a while since this question was asked. But I'm looking for a solution to this problem as well. Any news on this?

Tom Dickson Jun 11, 2014

I could use this; we have a user that we want to find all mentions of so we can update it to the proper account.

Micah Tan Nov 10, 2015

Bump. This is useful for when you have people changing roles (or leaving the team) and somebody else needs to understand what they've been responsible for.

Lesley MacNeil Mar 02, 2016

This is really frustrating not having this ability. I have several teams that are using the @mention across different spaces. I need to be able to search for particular users to see where they have been mentioned in order to see what they may have been assigned.

Sidney Deveza Mar 16, 2016

We would also need this search feature, as we need to track open questions that have not been assigned as tasks

CompacT May 16, 2016

We would also really appreciate this feature. Several users have requested a 'way to see everything that they have been tagged in'. 

Bettina Klammer Aug 04, 2016

The same applies to us

Marcos Lopez-Carlson Oct 13, 2016


Angelica Kuncheff Nov 03, 2017

As a work around you can use the task box in front of the mention and then use "task report" macro.. 

James Becker Nov 10, 2017

Implementing this issue seems like a no-brainer.

Our team could really use the ability to search current sprint for @mentions in the comment section.  Multiple issues of ours in Testing have been commented on, but we have to click on each issue and scroll through to comments to find where we have been mentioned, which seems to defeat the purpose of @mentions altogether.

Mark Mulert Aug 02, 2018 • edited

We assign Actions to individuals by include @ mention in the Action bullet item. I would like this filter to see all of my "Actions" across all spaces.

Ethan Larson Nov 29, 2018

I just found this because we need this feature as well.

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Rhyne Armstrong Nov 10, 2011

With the SQL plugin, I have been able to pull a list of my pages that contain a specific string in the content. I wonder if you could do the same thing, where you create a table and just do a sql query for the SME field, returning the name there in your query output.

Chad Barnes Nov 27, 2011

Thanks for the suggestion. However, I think if we were to go through this much work we may instead investigate writing a search plug-in macro for @Mentions.

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Tom Dickson Jun 11, 2014

I just searched for @username and it seems to have worked. Not 100% certain, though.

Thomas Wendel Jun 11, 2014

This could be working indeed!

But as Tom pointed out, I'm not a 100% sure either. Does a search for @username really search for mentions only? Or are there hits in the results where only the username (without being specifically being a mention) is on a page?

Chad Barnes Jun 11, 2014

Thanks guys. But not really working. I just created a new page with a raw username on it (not an @mention). I can gaurantee that the username was not searchable before adding it to the page (just created the user).

A search for @username returned the search result for the raw username. So, it appears the search field is ignoring the '@' notation.

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