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Who is the Confluence Administrator

At the bottom of the Space Directory there a message: "Your space administrator can organise spaces into categories."

This suggests that there is a type of permission that allows a level of access to all spaces in order to assign such categories.

a) What is that permission called?

b) Can I look up who has that permission?


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Hi @richardofrugeley,

The person in the "confluence-administrators" is something like the "super-user". The person has the following rights

  • access the Confluence administration screens ('administration console') and perform site-wide administration.
  • see all spaces in the Confluence site.
  • has site-wide administration powers, regardless of any other setting.

Going by the names, you would think the 'confluence-administrators' group and the 'Confluence Administrator' permission are related – but they are not. Granting a user or a group 'Confluence Administrator' permission is not the same as granting them membership of the 'confluence-administrators' group. Granting the 'Confluence Administrator' permission enables access to only a subset of the administrative functions. Granting membership to the 'confluence-administrators' group gives complete access.

Just take a look into the confluence-administrators group and you can see who has site wide permissions.

Hope this helps,


Thanks, @Svenja. How can a user view the contents of the confluence-administrators group?

They do not, you'll need to have the admins publish the list somewhere, or rely on "get help" emails going out to them if that is enabled.

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