Is there any way to create a default proejct that can have many issues, components, groups, etc in it. Then, it can be backed up in some way, so whenever you need to create a new project, you can create one from your default project?
Is there any notion of this idea built into JIRA?
Nothing built in. How to create projects or sets of issues based on a template shows how to do this kind of thing. Also, if you already have a existing project, exportData will create a project template script that you can tweak.
...It's true that there are projects in Jira; but they are merely a way to cut off issues, to tell them apart from other sections of work and to apply rules that are specific to that team (the schemes)....
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