Before I commit the following as a new feature request I just want to be sure if this really isn't possible yet.
In our project we have lots of shared filters. The problem here is that the filters have only one owner. When the onwer is on vacation or otherwise absent and the filter should be altered to reflect the current status of our project, then it seems only someone with administrator rights can do so. We don't really want to give more people administrator rights so what we really want is to assign multiple owners to the shared filters.
Is this already possible? Else I'll just add this as a feature request.
Filters cannot have multiple owners. It can only have one owner. But i can propose some workarounds for you.
I do not agree with your point that when filter owner is on leave administrators can edit it. No one other than filter owner can edit a filter.
If administrator is unblocking you here, then he is doing something else and not editing someone else's filter.
Well. As an administrator you can change the owner (see: [https://confluence.atlassian.com/jira/jira-administrator-s-guide/configuring-global-settings/managing-shared-filters]) of the shared filter temporarily to change it and then set it back to its original owner.
EDIT: As of version 7.12 filters can have multiple owners.
Unfortunately there is no such possibility. I guess the problem is there are things dependant on your filters (like gadgets or boards) so you excplicitly need to edit the filter, not to create new. There are however few poor workarounds:
You may ask your administrator to install a "Script Runner" plugin, and use a predefined script "Change filter or dashboard ownership" when needed. However be aware that any day now it will become a paid plugin. Still, really worth the price. Con: you have to ask administrator each time you want to change the owner of the filter.
Create one shared user account just to create filters and give login and password to anyone who is supposed to create filters. That is a really unsafe way to achieve your goal, but it would work. Con: you have no control over access to the account - every person that will get the login/password can log to your instance.
You have a other solution,
create the new filter.
call your JIRA database administrator for identify your new filter ID and change the subscription in the FILTERSUBCRIPTION table (you will find in this table the assocaition between shared filters and users which have subscribed on them).
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