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How to automatically add yourself as a member in all cards you create?

Is there a way? So when looking at the Board, you can instantly know who created the card.

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James Atlassian Team Mar 30, 2020

Hi all,

I have achieved this by by adding the butler rule:

when a card is added to list "Incoming Requests" by anyone, add member @{username} to the card

If you write {username} into the field rather than a particular user it appears to work - hope this helps!

This worked for me, thanks James! Hopefully Trello add this as an option outside of this rule workaround...

Worked for me too! Thanks so much!

Great workaround, thanks!

+1 for should be a native feature.

Thanks for sharing this. It works well.
Although I would think this is such a common requirement, I suggest adding it as a Settings option on Boards.

This works and is awesome, but since the rule is owned by me, then in the Activity Feed, every time John Doe creates a card, it follows the "John Doe created a card" notice with a "Joseph added John Doe to the card". I would prefer that it say "Butler added John Doe to the card" Wouldn't that make more sense? Anybody know if there is a way to do that? or to prevent that butler activity from even being posted?

UPDATE: I didn't realize that I actually needed to wrap 'username' with brackets. I did '{username}' and it works great. Thank you!

I'm not sure if this still works, or it might just be me. 

This is what I'm trying

when a card is created in the board by anyone, add member @username to the card

I'm getting this error in the log:

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I wonder if it's because I'm on the free version? Or because I'm not specifying a list? I need the rule to apply for the entire board. 

Vikas Bansal Atlassian Team May 11, 2022

thanks it worked for me

Chiming in on this. We use Trello as a bug and feature request submit/tracking tool and this would automate away a tedious task. Currently, we dump Trello card creations into Slack, where it's reported who created it. PM then assigns that person to the card at first moment of consideration, to keep them updated.

As the username of the creator is posted to Slack, this would be a quick fix, wouldn't it? The easiest might be to expose the {{cardcreator}} variable to Butler, like the {{cardname}} already is.

I would personally categorize this as a "should-have" and not a "nice-to-have" as larger Trello boards quickly get messy since busy humans rarely remember to add themselves to a card while creating it.

@Rachel we tried this with Butler as well but seems like you can only set up a rule like this for yourself. There's too much work to get the entire org to set Butler up like that. As mentioned exposing {{cardcreator}} should make it possible.

Agree this is a "should have" and not a "nice to have". It's kind of ridiculous that it's not already a possibility. You'd expect it to be a behavior available by default.

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In the lack of an "acccepted answer" functionality like in StackOverflow, please see @James ' answer below. That worked for me as well!

E.g. the {cardcreator} I'm mentioning here is already available as @{username}

It would be nice to have this feature in the near future. It's aweful as a trelloboard-leader to assign members to the cards they made for themselves, and it'd be easier to see firsthand, wo created them (for summary meetings e.g.)

I agree! It would be very nice-to-have feature

Already available per answer by @James below. The @{username} variable with Butler ("add person to card") will do exactly as requested.

+1 for native option

Another +1 for native option.

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Hey Michael

There's not a way to have Trello automatically assign you to a card that you create., however if you tap the space bar when hovered over a card, it will assign you to the card as a shortcut


Thanks for this tip.. :)

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This is exactly what I needed! I know how to create an automation to add me during card creation, but what I needed was a way to quickly add me to a bunch of cards that were already created.... this did the trick in about 20 seconds! Thanks so much Matthew!!

I have a rule in Butler that every time I create a card I am added, but I don't know if it will work for multiple people on a team? 

Nevermind, I was wrong in my info.

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