Not sure why this field, or other system fields (besides summary) are put on a screen when they are not apart of the screen scheme. - Might need to sort that Atlassian!
However i require a way to stop the comment box appearing when i change issues, im happy for my users to add a comment at the bottom by pressing the button, but i dont want it in the edit screen. how can i remove this?
It's there because comments are not a field, they're a conversation. They're offered to the user (if they have "comment" permission) because people often want to explain their changes, to stop those "why did you change component to something else" conversations. It's convenient and helpful for most and has the benefit of being directly associated with an edit, so the timestamps match, rather than looking like an afterthought.
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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