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Users no longer receiving emails when assigned an issue.

Since Jira 6.0, we've noticed that email notifications are not being sent when people are assigned issues.

* watchers are receiving their expected notifications

* subscribers are receiving their emailed filters

* email assignee is definitely set in the notification scheme

* the assignee and the reporter are different

* the users have permission to view the assigned issues.

We cannot figure it out. Any help is appreciated

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Ok, well, that's probably it - there's a long-standing and very annoying flaw/design-failure/issue in Jira in that all activities fire a single event. When you use "assign issue", it fires "issue assigned". When you use "edit", it fires "edit". You can choose your own events for issue transitions. But if you use anything other than "assign issue", it fires events other than "issue assigned". In other words, you only get assigned emails if the assign issue function is used. Edits and transitions won't do it.

Hi Nic and thanks for the answer. I was looking all morning to find out, why the users didn't get any notification mails, when they were assigned an issue. Now I understand that you really have to push the "Assign" button rather than just entering the username in the "Assignee" field.

Are there any plans to fix that behaviour of JIRA, so that an IssueAssigned event gets fired even if you just change the assignee through the field, rather than the button?



This explanation from 2013 - is it still valid?

What would be the best way then to trigger emails to peopla that are assigned to issues with inline editing (or on the edit screen)? 

Issue updated is a terrible event to use.


It has changed, although the front-end behaviour has not.

Events are now clustered together, so changing the assignee during edit will now fire both events in a group, and listener code can react to that, but the notifications still only pick up one event

So updating the assignee field does still not trigger a notification for "issue assigned" event in the notification scheme.

Has anyone resolved this or found a solution?

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Hi there,

Have you checked if the users that does not receive those email are assigning the issue by themselves. If yes, they might choose "Do Not Notify Me" on their user preferences accessible trough their user profile page.

If it is set to "Do Not Notify Me", please change it to "Notify Me" and see if the issue persist.

Hope it helps.

Septa Cahyadiputra

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Is it the assignee the person making the changes? If so, have they got "Email my on my own changes" turned off?

When you say "assigned issues", can you confirm you're using the "assign" function and not just changing assignee as part of an issue update?

thanks guys but as stated in the initial question the reporter and the assignee are different.

Nic, we have an assignee field on our transition screens where assignee is mandatory, and are setting it there. most people here have generally assigned by just changing the assignee attribute, not by clicking on the "Assign" button. But I am checking that out now to see if that makes a difference.

that would seem like a problem, if it were the cause. the vector you use for assigning an issue shouldn't change whether or not an assignee is notified.

whoops sorry didn't see your follow up response when i wrote the above. thanks for the additional details.

Nic i think you are correct - using the "Assign" button sends a notification email, but manually assigning by changing the assignee field on a screen or by in field editing does not. The change of assignee appears identically in the issue history, but only the change executed with the Assign button generated the email.

This basically means that we cannot make Assignee a mandatory field on any of the transitions, because assignees do not receive notifications if they are assigned by this method. This doesn't make sense to me - that a notification can be set which only works if you use one of 3 available methods of initiating an identical change.

the work around i think will be to set notifications on the workflow level (notify the assignee when an issue changes from state 1 to state 2). This still won't prevent people from changing assignee in edit mode though. is there a way of locking down the assignee filed so it can't be changed in edit mode or inline?

Nic, thanks for the explanation. I did some research and there has been a ticket out there for this since 2007 (??):

I knew I'd seen one, and voted on it, but t's not one I've bookmarked for a change. Thanks for digging it up!

Hi Nic,

I hope you are well.

We are experiencing similar problem - one Jira user didn''t receive notification when the Team leader assigne new task to her using Assing button in the task, BUT she is receiving all other notifications from Jira. The problem is located only when task is assigned to her. I can't find anything in the logs, the notifications for the Project are ok:
Issue Assigned:

  • All Watchers
  • Current Assignee
  • Reporter

I checked that "Email my on my own changes" is turned on.

Could you please advise how to fix it and what could be the reason?

I experience the same still. If "Issue Updated" doesn't have "Current Assignee", then the new assignee doesn't receive the email notification. Quite annoying that the rightmost change assignee function doesn't trigger the issue assigned notification but the issue updated notification.

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