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Customer responses to resolved ticket is not re-opening

Hi all, 


Apologies for the novice question here, but I have just started using Jira Service Management and have noticed that when a ticket is marked as "resolved" and a customer responds to that resolved ticket email with further issues, the ticket is not showing up in my open tickets, nor is it automatically returning to "in progress" state. 

I have tried searching the community, and I see mentions of "post functions" that may help, but I can't see this in the workflow settings at all. 

Any assistance would be appreciated! 



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Hi @Rob Green,

Never mind and welcome to the community. There is indeed quite a bit under the hood to get everything in place just the way you want it.

There's a couple of things you need to get this reopening functionality to work:

  • your workflow must allow a transition (a path) from resolved status to an open status in the first place;
  • you need an automation rule to trigger that transition when a customer comments on that ticket OR you can enable the transition on the customer portal as a button

The workflow transition

The tickets in your service management project are all associated with a workflow. Every ticket has a certain issue type, which in turn is associated with a corresponding workflow in your project. You can find what workflow is linked to each issue type through Project Settings > Workflows.

Locate the workflow associated with your type of tickets and make sure there is a transition available to reopen the ticket. In the example below, this is the Reopen issue transition:

Screenshot 2020-11-28 at 15.06.15.png

In case there is no transition from resolved back to another status, you will need to add one before you can actually use it. Have a look at Jira workflow documentation to learn more about how you can configure this.

Adding the transition to the portal

Edit your workflow in diagram view and select the transition you want to use to reopen the ticket. Tick the box Show transition in the customer portal. A dialog will appear asking you what resolution should be set. For this case, select to clear the resolution.

Screenshot 2020-11-28 at 15.10.10.png

This is not an answer to your question, as this setting does not respond to a customer adding a comment. But it does allow to let the customer decide if he wants to reopen or not. Reopening on comment will make your ticket reopen when the customer just adds a "thank you for your support" message as well.

Automation to transition on comment

In Project Settings > Automation you can add an automation rule to automatically perform the transition from a comment. That rule can look something like this and is created by selecting the desired triggers, conditions and actions:

Screenshot 2020-11-28 at 15.16.41.png

Hope this helps!

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