I would like it if I was added as a watcher when someone mentions me in a ticket. I see that it will only automatically add me as a watcher if I comment on that ticket or by manually selecting the option to watch the ticket. Is there anyway to automate the watcher field other than selecting to watch it or commenting on the ticket?
While the ability to be automatically be added as watcher from a mention has not been chosen for implementation: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-31869
You could created a saved JQL query to select all non-watched tickets with a mention of your username:
project = <project> and text ~ "@<your mention name>" and watcher != currentUser()
Then perform a bulk update of those issues via:
Tools -> Bulk Change -> Select All (checkbox) -> Next -> Watch Issues ...
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