How to stop being automatically added to the watcher's list when working on issues?
Since the upgrade to 5.0, for every new issue a user creates or works on, they are automatically added to the watcher's list.
The autowatch feature was added on JIRA 5.0.3 (Release notes) which enabled this functionality. This feature can be disabled in the user profile screen by editing the user preferences.
- Go to User Profile > Preferences > Autowatch.
Set this property to 'disabled'.
As of JIRA 5.2.2, autowatch can now be disabled by default as in the JIRA 5.2.2 Release Notes. Please upgrade to the latest version of JIRA to receive this functionality.
In JIRA 7.x, this option can be found in JIRA Administration > System > User Interface > Default User Preferences
Refer to our How to Update all User Profiles for the Notify Me option KB for a SQL update if the JIRA instance cannot be upgraded and a short-term fix is required.