Default issues to unassigned for all projects

Is there a way to default all new projects to have the assignee for new issues to be unassigned? I know I can change it on a per project basis, but I'd like to change it at a global level.

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You could do a SQL update on the Jira DB. if you look at the project table

select ID, pname, URL, LEAD, DESCRIPTION, pkey, pcounter, ASSIGNEETYPE, AVATAR from project

there is a column, assigneeType. It has a sequence of numbers as valid values. I don't think these values link to anything in the DB, rather they are stored in the source code in the AssigneeTypes class:

A quick look shows you the value for unassigned is 3

You'd have to shut Jira down, do the update & restart and MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP...

Oh, & test it first....

* Assignee is set to the default for the project.
public static final long PROJECT_DEFAULT = 0;

* Assignee is set to the {@link com.atlassian.jira.bc.project.component.ProjectComponent} lead.
public static final long COMPONENT_LEAD = 1;

* Assignee is set to the {@link com.atlassian.jira.project.Project} lead.
public static final long PROJECT_LEAD = 2;

* Issue is left with no assignee.
public static final long UNASSIGNED = 3;

I'm not necessarily trying to change all my current project. I'm wondering for new projects if there is a way to make that the defaut setting.

As long as you have unassigned issues set in the general config ( you can set it every time you create a project. You can't make it the default selected option in the project creation form, it is what it is.

Thanks, I was hoping there was some way to make it the default option, but I guess not.

JIRA 6.0.3 update

Starting with JIRA 6.0.3, when the "Allow unassigned issues" option is ON then the default assignee for newly-created projects will be "Unassigned".

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