So...I think I know the answer (you can't with out using a plugin), but I want to confirm that someone else hasn't come up with a genious way to do so.
Can you log work as another user, with out being that user?
Like I said...I suspect "not with out using a plugin..." but it's late and I've been looking into it and just need someone to sanity check my brain.
A simple (and supported) solution is to use this plugin:
Log work as another user
That allows you to log work on behalf of another user of your choice.
It looks like you can choose the user you are logging work for from the pull-down menu.
"The current user name is displayed in the header of the log work dialog to keep reference, in case a Team Lead (or a user with Approve Timesheet permission) is logging work for team members, given the option User with Approve Timesheet Permission can log work for team members is enabled in Global Configuration."
That is also possible with free add-on Log Work Utilities: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.gebsun.plugins.jira.log-work-utilities/server/overview
It offers standard JIRA Log Work dialog extended by additional "User" field. Simply select "Log Work Extended" option/action located next to standard "Log Work" on the issue page and enjoy.
Regarding Log Work Utilities plugin (https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.gebsun.plugins.jira.log-work-utilities/server/overview), I afraid :
This add-on is no longer maintained. Its functionality will be included intohttps://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.gebsun.plugins.jira.startwork/server/overview
This approach requires you to have the JIRA administrative rights. The main aim of this article is to help you achieve an organized, easy-to-maintain workflows in your JIRA instance thereby, reducin...
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