Is there a way I can edit a person's role, to be able to edit the Issue Type field, without granting them admin permissions?
We have had a couple people that would like to clone issues and then turn them into Test Cases, but the edit option on the Type field is disabled.
I assume you are talking about the Issue Type. Not a custom field called Type.
What these users should do, after cloning, is using Move to change the issue type. This is since Issue types are different than other fields: it's a JIRA system field which changes the layout (screens), workflow & field configuration.
You would also be able to change the issue type on-screen, but only if the configuration for the source type and the test case type are the same. If they are not, then you have to use "move", as Peter says, because Jira needs more information to allow the type conversion.
No and yes. No: There is no "bulk clone" in Jira. But there is an addon which can do it (check the marketplace for "bulk clone") Yes: Bulk edit lets you do the move of issue type. (The bulk clone addon may also implement this, I've not used it recently, so I'm not sure)
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