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Watch and edit topics

Topics are tags that you use to categorize questions, providing structure and navigation opportunities.  

Topics are created when you ask a question. You can remove a topic from your own questions or add more topics at any time. Sometimes, adding a more relevant topic can help get a useful answer to a question.

Every question must have at least one topic. This ensures there are no orphaned questions in your site.

A screenshot showing two topics with questions.

Featured and popular topics appear when you ask a question. You can choose one of these topics, or start typing a topic.

Where possible, it is a good idea to use a suggested topic, as this indicates there are already other questions in the same topic. The suggested topic might also be watched by an expert.

For example, if you have a question about printing and type “Print,” Confluence could suggest “Printer” as a topic, which means there are already questions under that topic. As a result, you'll be more likely to get an answer if you choose “Printer” instead of creating a new topic for “Print” or “Printing.” 

Featured topics appear more prominently on the topics and question pages. Edit a topic to make it featured. 

A screenshot showing featured topics.

Watch topics

You can watch a topic to be notified when a new question is added. This is a great way to keep informed about what is going on in your site. 

To watch a topic:

  1. Make sure you are logged in.

  2. Go to Questions > Topics.

  3. Choose Watch next to any topics you wish to be notified about.

See all questions for a topic

To view all questions for a topic, select the topic in an existing question or go to Questions > Topics and find it in the list. 

Edit topics

Edit a topic to:

  • Add a description explaining the purpose of the topic

  • Add a logo to make the topic recognizable 

  • Make it a featured topic

If you have Confluence Administrator permissions, you can also create and delete topics.

You can't change the name of a topic. One workaround is to create a new topic, re-tag all questions, and then ask an administrator to remove the old topic. A topic must have no questions or watchers to be removed.

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