Problems with editing the epic link of a story


I'm at v. 6.4.4 of Jira.

When I need to change the epic associated with a story, I hover over the Epic Link and click the pencil icon to start editing.  Then, I start typing the first few characters of the epic I am looking for.

Problem 1: The list of epics includes every epic from every project at my entire site.  When I type the letter "e", for example, the drop-down list says "Showing 10 of 9538 matching epics".  I only have a dozen epics in my project.  Why does JIRA think I want to pick from a list of every epic on the entire site?  The default should be to just show epics from my project, with an option to include epics from a curated list of other projects, and, I suppose, if you must, all epics on the site (people really want that?).

Problem 2:  I typed the entire name of my epic "publish", and the drop-down list said "Showing 10 of 55 matching epics".  The epic I wanted was not in the first 10, and there is no way to scroll the list of suggestions so that I can see the other 45, so I was pretty much out of luck.

Please improve this functionality.



1 answer

Instead of typing the name of the EPIC, type the key. Makes things easier.

Hey, Tom,

Thanks for the suggestion.  I did stumble on typing in the key as a workaround, but even with that, my key matched 11 items, and you can only choose one of the first 10.  What if I need the 11th?  What happens when I grow to 20 epics?

If I could type in "MYKEY myepic" and narrow it down that way, that would be pretty close, but that doesn't work - it shows "no matches".

So, a decent workaround but not the answer.


Eric, keys are unique so I find it hard to understand how you can get more than one match.

That said, I agree the "list" presented should scroll. If you add that request let us know - I'll vote for it!

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