I've been unsuccessfully trying to find a way to run a search for issues that have at some point been assigned to any user that is not part of a specific group. This seemed simple enough, but I have not yet found a way to do this.
1.: Search for issues that were at some point assigned to a user not part of group x. Query: assignee was not in membersOf(x)
Problem: Returns only issues that have never been assigned to anyone in group x. I require all issues that were at some point not assigned to anyone in group x. (preferably barring unassigned, but this can be worked around)
2.: Okay, let's then reverse this instead and search for: issues that were never assigned to anyone not part of group x.
Problem: Query does not seem to exist! Something like "assignee was not outside membersOf(x)" would be necessary, but the inverse of a group is not something I have found a syntax for.
I can think of workarounds in the form of manually changing the status of every past/present/future issue or adding every single JIRA user not part of group x to a group "not x". However, I consider the former an unwanted burden on workflows and unwanted addition to the system, and the latter is/will eventually produce a big administrative mess.
I guess that's not possible. The only way which comes into my mind is to write a plugin with a new jql clause for that (maybe there is already a plugin for that?): https://developer.atlassian.com/display/JIRADEV/Plugin+Tutorial+-+Adding+a+JQL+Function+to+JIRA
Sorry I cannot help you any further. :-(
No progress here, unfortunately. Getting someone to look into writing a plugin as you suggested (thanks for the feedback!) might be something I will have to look into at in the near future but do not have the resources for at this moment.
As for similar questions/plugins: Possibly this post will provide some leads on creating a plugin that allows searching for users not part of a specific group: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/81598/script-runner-get-users-not-in-jira-users-group
However if this search really is not possible at the moment (besides plugins) I do wonder if either or both search options shouldn't/couldn't be implemented in JIRA itself. Especially not having a way to search for "users not member of group x" seems like a simple little gap in the available search functionality.
If I find a way, I will add it to this issue.
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