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What happens to an Automation rule once the owner's user account is removed?

If an individual has created many automation rules across many projects and then leaves your organisation and you need to remove their user account. When you remove this user, what happens to the Automation rules they have created?

Does the ownership of the rule get auto assigned to someone else?

Do the rules become unusable or locked? Especially if they were a Jira admin or Site admin.

Just trying to gauge the implications of removing such a user from our Atlassian instance.

Thank you.

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Daniel Ebers Community Leader Dec 12, 2020

Hi Matt,

here is a thread on Community which suggests that the rule is then failing.

While I found a Bug logged on a topic that suggest it would be related to this it probably is not because from the screenshot this seems to refer to legacy automation:

The basic documentation is just about the "rule actor":


Thanks Daniel much appreciated. We ensured we went through and 'cleansed' any automations that might be run by the individual to avoid any problems by reassigning Owner/Actor, especially with legacy automations (actor), before deactivating the user.

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