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Link issues to an epic you can’t edit

Hello, I'm Ahmud, a product manager from Jira Cloud.

We've been speaking with customers who have been affected by this bug. Adding an issue to an epic silently fails if the user doesn't have Edit Issues permission for both the epic and the child issue.

In our conversations with our customers, we have consistently heard that linking issues to epics in projects you can view but can’t edit is an important workflow they want.

We are excited to share that soon you will be able to link issues to epics in projects you can view but can’t edit. Previously, you needed permission to edit both the issue and the epic.

If you have any questions, please post them as a comment, and we’ll reply.


Peter April 2, 2024

Will the ability to add an issue to an epic be controlled solely by who can view the epic, or will it be possible to allow people to view it and not to add issues to it?

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Ahmud Auleear
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April 18, 2024


Workflow Properties can be used to manage who can link issues to an epic, allowing users to view but not link issues. These properties are associated with specific statuses in your workflow, so you will need to apply the appropriate properties to each status.

For example, by using the property in certain statuses, you can prevent users from linking issues to an epic while still allowing them to view it. This property are applied to statuses such as 'Closed' or 'Resolved' to restrict the linking of issues
 allowing viewing without the ability to modify the epic. 



Peter April 18, 2024

@Ahmud Auleearthank you for your answer, but if I may summarize, that basically equates to "no" in answer to my question.

  1. Workflow properties and not a scalable way to manage permissions at all.
  2. It is new/fixed functionality to allow adding issues to epics you can't edit, but these workflow properties have existed for years, so this is not any sort of control being added to manage this new functionality.
  3. It applies to all links, not specifically to epic links, which also makes it less useful.


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