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Can Service desk customers be allowed to edit description of a request?

Can Service desk customers be allowed to edit description of a request?

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JIRA Service Desk Overrides JIRA's edit permission, you need to have an Agent License  and a member of the Service desk Team in order to edit issues. 

If you use the permission helper, it will show you the conditions needed to edit the issues.

I'm having the same problem

I did edit de global and project permissions, so my customers would edit their own comments and delete their own attachtments, but it doesnt work.


So there is no way customers can edit comments if they dont have agent license o the global permission to edit?



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Why is this ticket marked as solved? 

The accepted answer merely confirms that editing a issue does not work, it does not give a solution.

i tried adding service desk customers role to the edit issues permissions and it didn't work, in fact JIRA gave me an alert stating there was an error in the permissions. Does anyone have a step by step to enable service desk customers to be able to edit their own issues? I don't mind if they can edit any issue in that particular portal even.

JIRA Service Desk overrides the Edit issue Permission.  Users Must be an agent to edit an issue. 

Jira has a powerful permission administration and with this override it makes is average. For me it's a key feature that customers can edit their issues!

Do you need to use Service desk project?   Could you use a non-service JIRA project where JSD does not override the roles? 

If I'm using a Business or Software project we miss the SLA functions. So we need the Service Desk project.

I agree,

this is pretty strange behaviour to override edit permission,

since some cases need this.

E.G.: we're having account request forms with checkboxes, dropdowns, etc.

And sometimes things need to be changed afterwards, by the requester. ;)

Could this be added please. Otherwise this feature lagg will make the product static as hell and not as proclaimed agile.

+1 for this feature. Our customers are asking for this.

+1 for allowing users to edit their own support tickets.  It's amazing we're even having to discuss it as being an option.  This is the only support ticket system I've ever used that does not allow this.

We can acquire information through the form at point of submission, but things can change.  Priority can change.  The client can have an additional conversation with the customer and acquire more information that needs to be added.  There is too much churn back and forth for Developers to be responsible for updating a client's support ticket for them.

Same here. Customers need to edit the impact / urgency / priorities in case they need to change it later after creation of ticket. Atlassian has to implement this.

I also agree outside customers should be able to go back and edit their submitted tickets. We utilize a date field and it is so easy for someone to select the wrong date and then not be able to fix it on their side. 

I also think it's totally ridicolous that you need to let a customer become agent just to simply edit their description. I also would like to have that feature ... the customer should be allowed to correct and change the request in specific states. 

I'm currently having a trial license of Jira service desk, but more and more get the feeling it's too inflexible (like also you can not add more (custom) fields to show in the portal), so thinking about to move on to another helpdesk system..

Maybe you want to consider using a standard Jira project with a screen scheme that limits the create and edit screens to the screens the customer should have access to.  You can use transition screens to update all fields.

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Paulo Hennig Atlassian Team Aug 25, 2015

You're right Taulia, the customers can't edit issues. 
For more information about permissions between Agents, Customers and Collaborators, I'd advice you to take a look on the following link:


This makes NO sense. Our customers need to be able to change the priority after creation. They need to be able to set a due date after creation, they need to be able to set a screen field on transition.

While I understand you want to have as many users paying for JIRA and agent subscriptions, it is ridiculous to restrict the simple ability to edit fields after the issue is created. We waste so much time editing issues via customer comments.

I also see this is common in the Atlassian feedback systems and yet there is never any Atlassian comment or action.

So frustrating that we are going to probably move from the Atlassian service. We have over a hundred staff on Confluence, Jira and Service Desk, yet the nit picking in Service Desk is too much of a headache to outweigh the integration benefits. 

Question @Marc Turner , why would you not set the priority and due date when the ticket is created? 

Additionally, We have Service-Now and we cannot change the original data in the submission ticket.   I think this is a best practice for ITSM is not to allow the original request to change. 

you can also look at products such as Backbone that will allow you to sync issues between a service desk project and standard JIRA software project.

I am having a similar issue with this. Customers' priorities are always changing, and it would be great if they can see/edit the priorities in the portal 

I haven't tried this but the workflow could be modified to show an "update" transition  to the client and add a screen to that transition with the fields to be updated or just modify an existing transition e.g. escalate. I know this works for the Resolved transition when setting the resolution. If this works for editing initial fields values, it would need to be added to each applicable workflow status and by using JSU restricting the Client to return to the previous status. Has anyone tried this?

Jeffrey, we are using the My Requests Extension for Jira Service Desk to show the priority in our case the SLA priority.

I quickly tried my suggestion above with no joy. The transition screens only allow a comment to be added by the client even though the screen itself has other fields. This is likely due to client permissions.

Yes. If your project role Service Desk Customers has Edit Issues permission in the Permission Scheme, and your customers are in that role, they can edit the description.

I tried doing that but it doesnt let the users have edit rights. It says permission denied

It seems that only agents are able to edit issues.

It is now august 2019 and this issue is still not resolved? As described by many people here, it is totally unacceptable for customers not being able to edit the issues they created. 

For us this will almost certain lead to customers refusing to use this system :-(

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Even approval page doesn't give option to edit the issue apart from adding comments. A customer must be able to edit the issue. 

This is a blockers for us as either we have to convert customer to agents or doesn't use the system.

Admin, please suggest on this

Thanks Johan,

But it doesn't seem right that we ave to buy apps for such a basic functionality that the Jira Service Desk should have. They should include it in the next release.


Thanks again.

I Agree with BSD Admin!!!

And since we use Cloud, is there an alternative for 'actions-for-jira'? it could help us out, even we need to pay for it...

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