I don't want to offend you but have you actually tried to search this forum or use Google before posting your question? These are the first hits for the google search: "jira add watchers during issue creation": (the first one even gives you the righ answer as Jobin did...)
I mean everyone here is happy to help out anytime but this is sth. that has been answered like a thousand times...
A good 20% of the questions here are answerable with lmgtfy, it's quite a sad indication that people are too lazy to try for themselves.
It's also one reason I'd like to see a "top 10 answers" type thing here, with some sort of pre-posting check for the questions we've all seen a million times (field level security, multi level sub-tasks, etc)
If only Atlassian had a place people could come to get answers to questions... If people come to the Atlassian "Answers" forum perhaps responses like "Just go Google it" would be incredibly inappropriate. @Christian Czaia gave an excellent answer and I don't understand why he had to throw in the snide remark implying that asking questions on the Answers forum is not a reasonable option to users. I hope that someone at Atlassian realizes that questions like this are the ones that produce those Google results that @Christian Czaia suggested using. Now, this example of a lack of customer service is the staple response that all users will see when they ask this question. A perfect lesson in improving your customer support.
Hey @Jeff Pignataro , I didn't imply the asking questions here in this "customer" forum was unreasonable. This is a forum where customers ask questions and usually other customers (like me) try to answer them. Sadly, a lot of users, instead of spending a minute or two to do some research, just ask a question because they are too lazy to find the answer in the first place. Others, like me actually spend time to answer these questions. A while ago questions that had been answered multiple times could be closed as duplicates. This is not possible anymore so the forum gets cluttered up making it real hard for people to actually find the right answers...
My point is that if you aren't willing to answer customer questions regarding the product, then don't. There's no need to scold people for their inability to perform (or understand) internet research. Personally, I'm a software developer and have no problem researching issues and finding solutions on my own, but that doesn't mean that I would expect my manager (who is not nearly as computer literate) to be able to do the same for issues that he comes across. If he had a question - even a simple question - I would expect to be able to recommend he ask his question on the customer support forum and not be scolded for being unable to perform his own research. Consider this: A customer walks up to you face to face and asks you a question. Would you reprimand them for wasting your time or politely answer the question and perhaps give them suggestions of ways to find similar answers on their own in the future? Tone is everything. Also, please be aware, I will not be able to reply to this as there is a restriction which only allows me to comment once every 24 hours and I'm not interested in having to schedule a single response every 24 hours - seems incredibly silly but it is what it is.
By default, JIRA doesn't allow it. Try this plugin: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.burningcode.jira.issue.customfields.impl.jira-watcher-field
You can add the watcher field to Create screen.
I believe the answer to this question can now be found at https://confluence.atlassian.com/jiracoreserver071/editing-and-collaborating-on-issues-802172683.html
What permissions do you need?
To view other users watching or voting for an issue, you need the View Voters and Watchers and Manage Watcher List project permissions.
There appears to be an autowatch plugin for ondemand instances which would allow you to get closer to what you want, but not exact: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.atlassian.addon.connect.jiraautowatch
Automatically manage watchers based on defined JQL queries
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