You should be able to bulk change watchers with the following plugin.
It adds a custom field type of watchers which you can then create a custom field and add to screens.
I have had success bulk changing watchers with the following JQL watcher = currentUser() ORDER BY assignee
But has to be done by each user when they log in as it will has it suggests checks the logged in user... Which is still a pain!
Also tried this watchers >=1 and project = "Call Log Support" or watchers >= 1 AND project is not EMPTY and I was able to see other users as watchers
I'm sure you know already but if the issue is closed you will not be able to remove a watcher, unless you reopen the issue. Also will need rights to be able to manage watchers across each project.
You can do this for yourself pretty easily OOTB, just create a filter that loads all tickets you want to unwatch, click on Tools > Bulk Change and select Stop Watching.
Unfortunately, this only works if you have the permissions to do bulk change (which I know a lot of people tend to remove for safety reasons).
We currently use autowatch functionality in our JIRA environment. Unfortunately, with our work, it can make for a ton of 'watched' issues, that we probably don't necessarily need/want and all of the notifications that come with them. This leads us to have to go out and manually 'stop watching' a lot of issues, which is time consuming and annoying. It would be nice if we could remove ourselves as watchers in bulk (at least until I can convince our admins to turn off autowatch!)
We are using JIRA agile with an on-site implementation and do not have control over the wider organisations rules and plug-ins.
During a sprint, we assign tickets to a team lead to confirm estimation before starting the sprint. After the tickets have been assigned to team members to begin work, the team lead is still a watcher for all tickets and receives an excessive amount of notifications.
It would be great to at least be able to filter or arrange by watcher to make bulk changes.
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