Can I notify a user who was entered into a user picker field when an issue is created?

When I create an issue, I also can enter usernames into a custom field "Participants". I'd like the participants to get notified when the issue is created. The participants are different for each issue, so I can't just add them to the notification scheme on the create action. Is there any way to notify people in an on-demand fashion like this?

As I write this out, an idea comes to mind: Maybe programatically add them as watchers in the post function? I'll investigate that, but in the mean time, please let me know if you have any other ideas. Thanks!

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Have you tried modifying the notification scheme to include "Participants" field for "Issue Created" event?

I didn't even realize you could notify the value of a custom field. Thanks so much!

the theory seems right...i added a post function so that the field "Watchers" will take the value from "participants" but in practice, when I create the issue, it's created with no watchers (even though i entered someone as a participant). any thoughts?

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