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Add participants or watchers in Jira Service Desk set up for email only

Hi Community,

I have Jira Service Desk (Cloud) set up to receive requests from our customer via Email.

The issue I have is that I can't add a participant or watcher to an existing issue in order for the users to also be notified of comments and progression of the issue. I have tried settings in both permissions schemes and customer permissions with no avail.

When I try to add a watcher, I get the following error message:

The user "" does not have permission to view this issue. This user will not be added to the watch list.

I thought the user needed access to the browse the project and issue, but when I try to add the "Browse Projects" permission to project role "Service Desk Customers", I get the following message when seeing the issue.

"This service desk project has configuration problems and may not work as expected."

The other option I wanted to get working was the participants, but I don't get any icon, button or link to add a participant, all I get is a link to hide the participant list which always displays the requester and assignee only.


Can someone advise me how to set up my permissions and projects to get this working?


Thanks in advanced.

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Hi Bernard,

Thank you for reaching out to Atlassian Community!
Watchers are restricted to internal users with a license, so in this field, you can add only licensed users that have access to a project. For example, you can add a user that works on Jira Software and also was added on the role "Developers" on the Service Desk project.

For participants, anyone that has access to the project can be added as participant and customers can add participants on the ticket through the portal as well. Can you send us a screenshot of a ticket for us to check how the field Participants show to you?


Thanks for the reply @Angélica Luz . I realised there are 2 participant fields. 1 for Jira and another for Service Desk. Looks like I had the wrong field set up.

Can you confirm though that participants of a Service Desk issue get notified of workflow progression and issue comments?

Hi Bernard, once you add a participant they will receive a notification informing that someone added them as a participant and then they will receive all future notification about the ticket.

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Just make sure that the Request type is filled for the reporter and participant to receive the notifications.

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