There is already a suggestion raised for it here: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-37024 regarding this. You can vote on it (Atlassian aims to implement highly requested features) and add yourself to the watchers list to be updated about it. [This|https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DEV/Implementation+of+New+Features+Policy] is a documentation about our Suggestions Policy.
Also, depending on the version of JIRA you're using, you can try this third-party addon https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/org.hakanai.jira.plugins.jirastatuscolor
In the new UI experience the status categories seem to have become:
Do I understand correctly that this cannot be changed and that we just have to get used to it?
The only way to do this is via custom work. Statuses in JIRA can only be of three types. The color is associated with the type. Status Category, or field statusCategory –
ok thanks. by custom work, you mean via a plugin letting me customize the status color ? I checked the plugin but it's paying. there's no free plugin right ?
You can use a free web browser extension or plugin, like Stylish (FireFox), to change the CSS colors for statuses. However, I haven't found a way to separate colors from statuses using the same color. JIRA's CSS isn't that simple.
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