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Only default reviewer can't merge own PR when approval required from at least 1 default reviewer

In my team of 3, I want to ensure a PR can't be merged unless I have reviewed it.

To do this, in branch permissions, I selected:

  • "Check for at least 1 approval"
  • "Check for at least 1 approval from default reviewers"
  • "Prevent a merge with unresolved merge checks"

And I set myself as the only default reviewer.

Works great, I am the gatekeeper for other people's PRs, except that when it is my own PR, my approval doesn't count, so I can't merge it.

I feel like I'm missing something. Is there any way around this?


2 answers

Yep this is REALLY REALLY annoying, I currently turn off the merge check prevention, merge it, and turn it back on after. Because merging can take some time, you might have to waste your time waiting as well before you can switch it back. 

Sometimes I get one of my devs to create the PR for me. It's still a nuisance. 

Related/similar issue:


Basically, Atlassian seems to have thought "oh, a PR author implicitly approves their own changes, so we can turn their ability to approve off" and then didn't consider the default reviewer merge check case AT ALL.

Like Kevin Danikowski likes this

Yes, this is very annoying. As a default reviewer, it also doesn't allow merge if I approve my own PR. 

I would expect the "approval from default reviewers" check should be ignored if you are yourself a default reviewer, especially if you are the ONLY default reviewer.  

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