Enabling the Ghostwriting Mode

In some cases it might be helpful to create a page or a blog post but name a different author. Blueprint Creator users who run Confluence based intranets want to prepare pages or blog posts for their colleagues but don’t want to be listed as authors, thus acting as ghostwriters. The Blueprint Creator allows you to control the author that will be displayed.

Using the Ghostwriting Mode

The Ghostwriting Mode can only be enabled for Page Blueprints (pages/ blog posts). When creating or editing a Page Blueprint you can enable the Ghostwriting mode by clicking on the toggle.

After saving the configuration the Ghostwriting mode is enabled. The Page Blueprint will now display a new slide when being selected in the Create Page dialog.

This slide is not a mandatory slide which is why it can be skipped if used don’t want to name a different author. The instructional text on the right side cannot be edited. When a user is named as author this information will be displayed in all activity feeds and macros.

Accessing the Ghostwriting log

Every time a user names a different author this action will be logged in the Confluence administration. To access the audit log choose the cog icon in the header on the right, then choose General Configuration > Manage Page Blueprints.

The Ghostwriting Audit-Log displays a table with four columns:

  • Created: Displays the exact date the page/blog post was created.

  • Page / Blog post: Links to the created page/blog post.

  • Ghostwriter: Names the user that actually created the page/blog post.

  • Author: Names the user that was selected as author by the ghostwriter.