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Alternatively, you can create an issue within Jira and add your text/links to the Description field of an issue. Once you do this, create a filter based on the newly created issue
issue = "ABC-1"
Next, go to your dashboard and add a Filter Results gadget and select your newly created filter based. For the section Columns to display, select only Description and save.
You should now see your text/links.
In regards to your question, that is really up to a personal preference. The Text Gadget is disabled by default because it is a potential security risk, as it can contain arbitrary HTML which could potentially make your JIRA system vulnerable to XSS attacks as stated in our documentation Adding the Text Gadget.
That being said, the risk can really depends on your usage. If you are running on a local network only and you trust your users to not abuse the gadget, then it should be okay to be used in your JIRA.
Again, this is something that you'll have to weigh the pros and cons about. There are a few listings in our marketplace for Rich Text add-ons, that might be worth taking a look at to see if they are able to replace the functionality in the Text Gadget.
I hope this helps answer your question Samanth.
- Josh Loe