Watchers in Crucible Reviews?

In our current code review workflow (which is email based), the author specifies a primary reviewer, but the entire development team receives an email about that code review. This puts a specific person on the hook for the review but everyone knows about it and can join in if they think they have something relevant to add to the review. However, it looks like the only people who receive a notification about the review are the people specified or invited as a reviewer or moderator.

Does Crucible support any type of watcher/observer role? Or is it possible to specify certain email addresses/groups to receive notifications when someone creates a new code review? I'm thinking of something similar to how someone can add watchers to a JIRA ticket. Any solutions?

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Renjith Pillai Community Champion May 08, 2012

Actually a very trivial one. Use your group email-id as a user in your Crucible user administration, and select that group while creating reviews. Automatically everyone will come to know about this.

Another option is to set the default reviewers as this group email id (provided every review of one project goes to the same group) so that while creating reviews there is no need to remember about adding this group name additionally.

Unfortunately this work-around "wastes" one of your users. Our license only allow 10 developers, and it would be a pity to waste one of them just to get the "watcher" feeture. I guess I can just add the group email to the "invited" list, instead.

Found a solution that works for me. I just specify the team's email list address in the "invited reviewers" section when creating the review. This way they get an email, but they aren't added as an official reviewer.

Renjith Pillai Community Champion May 08, 2012

Yes, that is what I meant in my post. I guess you need to add that team-email as a user into Crucible, right?

Not sure about whether the team email needs to be a user in Crucible. I just added the team's email address and it worked. But we're hooked up through LDAP so the team email address is probably already in the system.

Renjith Pillai Community Champion May 09, 2012

Oh, that's good to know.

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