Bonfire Permissions - why "Assignable User"?

This is not necessarily an improvement request, but a general question - why does Bonfire utizile the "Assignable User" permission to allow users to join a shared test session and enter issues? Wouldn't it make more sense to use the "Create Issues" permission? See documentation:

Text in blue window ("To join a shared test session...").

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Edwin Wong Atlassian Team Feb 06, 2013

Hi Nat,

Great question. Without adding the complexity of a whole new set of permissions for Bonfire, we looked to use JIRA's permission in a way that made sense.

When we looked at who can join a session, we looked at it from the point of view of who can be "assigned" a session, more so than creating issues, because at the heart of it, a participant in a session can do almost all that an assigned can do.

Thinking about the typical scenario of a development project, then participation of testing sessions whould really be kept to those who can "work on" that project - mostly the developers and QA. Looking at permissions, the "assignable user" most closely reflected this - "assignable users" are users who can "work on" issues.

Issue creators on the other hand typcially encompasses a wider group of contributers (e.g. other users in the organisation, or external customers if your issue tracker is public), which are not as close a fit.

Of course, not every deployment is the same, so this may not always be the case. Do you have a scenario where it makes more sense for the permission to use "Create Issue"?

Well, to me it does make sense that the user assigned the session have the "Assignable User" permission, but I still think that "Create Issue" better fits those who are only joining the session. In a common scenario for my company, the users joining a test session to log issues would be QA and maybe some customer support people checking out a new game; they definitely wouldn't be developers (users who would end up working on those issues).

In any case, thanks for the explanation! :)

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