I have multiple task types, with all the same extra fields like priority, due date, etc. When I for example change it from "task" to "refine" I always get the whole migrate issue steps... It takes like 5 clicks to only change a type.
It does it because the issue type has a lot of configuration hung off it and it needs to check the data is compatible and ask you to change it if it isn't.
You can directly "edit" the issue type, but only when the source and target issue types are using the same workflow and field configurations and contexts.
Go to the project settings (I'm guessing these issues are in the same project) and check over the schemes - you need them to be set to use the same workflow in the workflow scheme, and the same field configuration in the field configuration scheme. You also need to check the list of custom fields in global admin to make sure they have the same contexts for every field.
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