Need definition for 'Link Issue' types

Pramod Hitnalli June 30, 2021

Hi Team,

Could you please provide the definition for following 'Link Issue' types

relates to
duplicates
is duplicated by
blocks
is blocked by
clones
is cloned by
is tested by a Test
Implements
Implemented by

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Jack Brickey
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June 30, 2021

these seem self-explanatory so I hope my input doesn’t simply seem to restate the names.

  • relates to - an issue relates to the linked issue in some way
  • duplicates - issue AAA is a duplicate of issue BBB
  • is duplicated by - issue BBB is duplicated by issue AAA
  • blocks - issue AAA blocks issue BBB
  • is blocked by - issue BBB is blocked by issue AAA
  • clones - issue AAA clones issue BBB
  • is cloned by - issue BBB is cloned by issue AAA
  • is tested by a Test - I have no idea, this doesn’t seem to be a default link type
  • Implements - I have no idea, this doesn’t seem to be a default link type
  • Implemented by - I have no idea, this doesn’t seem to be a default link type
josh_sutterfield August 18, 2023

Except "clone" clones "duplicate". In exactly the same way, your input simply seems to restate the names, or "clone" them, or "duplicate" them. They are not self-explanatory or the asker wouldn't ask. Instead they have intents that can be revealed.

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August 18, 2023

Hi @josh_sutterfield , sorry if you found my input no to be useful. I tried to provide useful input but it doesn't always work for everyone and I truly get that.

One question for you. In your reply you mention  "clone" clones "duplicate". I'm not sure what you mean but for me I use "clone" link type whenever I use the Clone feature to create the clone. I use the Duplicate link type whenever there is an unnecessary (?) duplicate. For example, a network issue prevents access to the internet and it is reported by five employees. In this case I work on and update the first issue reported and link the other four as dups and close them.

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My understanding here is that:

1. `Duplicates` means "This issue X is itself a duplicate of Issue Y", meaning Issue Y is the "original" or intended primary issue.

2. `Is duplicated by` means "This issue Y is duplicated by Issue X," meaning Issue X is the duplicate, whereas Issue Y is the original.

3. `Clones` is similar -- this Issue Y which is cloning something is a resultant clone, Issue X.

4. `Is cloned by` is also similar -- this Issue Y is the "original," and it's cloned by the non-original clone, Issue X. 

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April 12, 2024

Sort of.  "Clone" has a specific meaning in Jira-speak.

You're spot on with your "duplicate" definition, and the main usage for "duplicate" is when someone raises an issue that is describing the same thing someone else has already raised an issue.  For example, when system X goes down, Alice, Bob, and Charlie all raise an issue about it when they try to log in at different times.  Assuming Alice was the first, then Bob and Charlie's issues are duplicates of Alice's. 

The "duplicate" link is usually created when resolving the issues and as an explanation of why the issue was closed without any actual work being done on it.

Clone in Jira means "take a copy of the issue and create a new issue".  While they do look like duplicates initially, the purpose is to have the same issue raised in more than one place, and the clone is expected to diverge rapidly from the original.  It's almost a "split issue into two parts so that two sets of actions can be taken separately".  By default, Jira links a cloned issue to its original so that people can see where it has come from.

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June 30, 2021

The link types are entirely configurable, they don't have fixed definitions.  You could rename all the relationships to "Alice", "Bunny", "Playing card" and "Hedgehog" if you wanted to.

The list you've got there is mostly the English default set, and they've been written to try to be self-explanatory.  You can see this by adding dummy issues to them to make sentences:

  • ABC-123 relates to  DEF-456
  • ABC-234 duplicates DEF-567
  • DEF-567 is duplicated by  ABC-234
  • ABC-345 blocks  DEF-678
  • DEF-678 is blocked by ABC-345
  • ABC-456 clones  DEF-789
  • DEF-789 is cloned by  ABC-456
  • ABC-111 is tested by a Test  DEF-222
  • ABC-567 Implements  DEF-890
  • DEF-890 Implemented by  ABC-567

"is tested by" and "implements" are not default link types, they've been added by one of your admins (or possibly by an app an admin has added)

You'll notice a lot of these are paired - there's actually only one link type for "duplicate", "blocking", "cloning" and probably "implement" - the words you see in the sentence are trying to describe a directional relationship. 

Blocks is the easiest example; from my point of view "I block you", and from your point of view, "Nic is blocking me" - same relationship, but a different description which tells you where you're looking from!

But, going back to the question, the short answer is "the meaning of the links is up to you" - your admins should set up the ones you find useful and name them clearly!

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Ismail Sanni January 27, 2022

Hi @Pramod Hitnalli

and everyone else

The words themselves are the definitions

- relates to - This means that lets say you've got many issues and two or more of the issues are related to each other, so you can use the link 'relates to'. Let me use a simple example, let's say Pramod is an issue and Papa Pramod is an issue, so we can link both Pramod and Papa Pramod together, so Pramod relates to Papa Pramod. Note this doesn't mean the issues are the same, it just means that the issues are related and that there is a connection between the issues. Pramod and Papa Pramod are not the same, but they are connected by blood 

 

- duplicates - This means an issue duplicate's another issue. Pramod is a duplicate of Papa Pramod, which means an issue is exactly like another issue or an issue is having corresponding or identical parts


- is duplicated by - An issue is duplicated by another issue. Papa Pramod is duplicated by Pramod.


- blocks - This means an issue blocks another issue. To my understanding, this means that this issue is an obstacle to the normal progress, transition or functioning of another issue


- is blocked by - This means an issue is blocked by another issue, which is like the opposite of 'blocks'


- clones - This means an issue clones another issue which means an issue is designed to simulate the exact operation of another issue.


- is cloned by - This means an issue is cloned by another issue


- is tested by a Test - This isn't a default link, meaning it was created by someone in your organization and the meaning to this particular link type should be in the description of the link type.


- Implements - This isn't a default link, meaning it was created by someone in your organization and the meaning to this particular link type should be in the description of the link type.


- Implemented by - This isn't a default link, meaning it was created by someone in your organization and the meaning to this particular link type should be in the description of the link type.

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August 16, 2022

@Ismail Sanni I can understand the types - it is pretty self explanatory.

However, the issue here is that if the base issue where the all this the base issue, is fixed, will the status or 'resolution' field of the issue that is marked duplicate be updated?

in example above, once Papa Pramod status is updated, can/will the resolution field of Pramod be also updated so that the one watching Pramod can be notified?

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August 16, 2022

@maria chien ,

no. linked issues stand alone, they are in no manner updated automatically simply based on the linked issue changing. The exception here is if you have implemented some automation or script to do so.

josh_sutterfield August 18, 2023

Words do not self-define unless the word is "word", or something cute like that. Other than that, language has nuances and sometimes requires interrogation of intent. In my case while these things can be used however we see fit, it seems like there was intent behind the language that might be valuable to think about. I can't distinguish duplication from cloning, yet I'm quite convinced there must be a distinction for those who created this feature. That actually has an answer, besides just "it explains itself without explanation". That answer that terms self-define could have been given without it being given, and is by nature not the answer if the answer is sought at all, yet it was given.

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@Jack Brickey Is there a way to accomplish that? Say update one linked issue to also update a related issue with the same status or information? 

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Aron Kuch March 26, 2024

So I am particularly interested in when to choose clones or duplicates (and their inverses). Is it really a matter of personal preference?

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June 30, 2021

Hi @Pramod Hitnalli 

Please refer the atlassian document for the link issue detail,

https://support.atlassian.com/jira-core-cloud/docs/link-an-issue/

Pramod Hitnalli June 30, 2021

Hi Shruti, 

Thank you for your reply.

I need definition. Could you please help me to get the definition.

 

Regards,

Pramod

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