Preserve Group and Assignee for user-generated follow-up tickets

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  • Chad Dodds
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    Thanks for the article Amanda. I'm sure the method works well, but I am not willing to create or maintain a trigger for each agent in our Zendesk as we have nearly 80 of them and the list is not always static due to turnover. This functionality could be made available via a setting with a few choices to pick from:

    • Automatically assign a new follow-up ticket to the original assignee
    • Automatically assign a new follow-up ticket to the original group
    • Do not automatically assign new follow-up tickets (this is today's behavior)

    It could also be incorporated into the trigger system for greater flexibility, but I'm not sure if great flexibility is needed for this.

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  • Pedro Rodrigues
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    Ideally, I'd add to the feature request the ability, as an admin, to select what is preserved (e.g. besides Group and/or Assignee, a couple of cornerstone custom fields).

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  • Mike Beasley
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    I am sure adding a 45th comment to this years-old thread will probably not make anything happen, but this functionality should have been available from the start.

    It's patently ridiculous that a follow-up ticket inherits custom field responses but does not inherit anything related to assignment at all. If it's truly a follow-up on the original issue, there is a nearly 100% chance that the same group will handle it at the very least, and in many cases the same agent will be involved. How does it make any sense to not just inherit those properties?

    The fact that there's an article on the Zendesk Help Desk explaining how to use a whopping three triggers per agent to set up this functionality means they know it's something people want and that it's not feasible to setup at scale. So why not add the functionality?

    I will reiterate what others have said. We should have the option of automatically routing new follow-ups to the original group, with an additional option to route to the same agent if they are still active in the system.

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  • Robin Hoese
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    60 comments over 7 years and it still didn't make the prioritisation list? Folks, this isn't some nice-to-have idea, this seems like basic functionality that should have been included from the start.

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  • Maria Nørgaard
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    So do we! We use the multibrand function and in order to separate tickets between brands by autoassigning them to different groups based on the email address on which they are received.

     

    However, follow-up tickets do not get assigned to any group and are thus "lost" in the empty space between brands, and neither are tickets received through the web potral (I suspect it'll be the same for the HelpCenter, when we activate it).

     

    Please allow us to set up a trigger to control this.

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  • Maria Scarpello
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    I am curious to know how ZenDesk handles this in-house?

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  • Alan Pinstein
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    We are experiencing this bug as well. It's particularly annoying in our case as we have multiple product groups and the follow-ups all end up in a single group and the tickets must be re-assigned to be seen.

    This seems like it's a clear bug... and frankly doesn't even seem to match the documented behavior of follow-up which is to "copy all ticket data" from original ticket.

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  • Lauren Mathews
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    Hi there, 

    it seems like this would be a bit of a no-brainer to add as a default setting as a follow up ticket would naturally be handled by the same group if not the same assignee. As it is right now it is easy for a ticket to get lost, or for agents to not be able to access follow up tickets and have to rely on admins to find them. 

    Major votes for adding this setting! :)

    Thanks,

    Lauren 

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  • Jacob Bockelmann
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    It is disappointing that this routing is not offered by Zendesk as a default option.

    Similar to this workaround, Automatically assigning a follow-up ticket using triggers, I built my own workaround using  3 triggers which pull the assignee ID and group ID from the original ticket, save them to a target, and then pull them from the target when a follow-up ticket is created for use in routing the follow-up ticket to the original assignee and group.

    This method of solving Zendesk's feature gap is way more scaleable than the aforementioned article because you don't need to create a custom trigger & tag per agent. Rather, since it uses assignee and group IDs, you just need to set this up once and it works for all agents as your team grows and contracts.

    I built mine from a Support tip article which it looks like Zendesk pulled down. Bummer.

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  • Judit Moreno
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    +1 for this feature. 

    Please, do you know when it will be done? I think it is necessary

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  • Bill Cicchetti
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    Ticket is closed -> client responds...Seems pretty common practice for the person originally assigned to this ticket to be assigned to this new one and/ have or some easier way (without the need for multiple triggers per agent) to be notified.  At the every least..since it has a new ticket number , to have the same flexibility as other new tickets.

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  • Carrie Modon
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    We have created a special view to capture all tickets that have no group and no assignee so as to not 'lose' these tickets.  It would be very helpful if the last group/assignee would be carried forward to the follow up ticket so that these tickets are not delayed in any way from being routed to an appropriate resource.

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  • Nathan Scott, HolidayExtras.com
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    I agree with the previous sentiments on this, that it would be great to have follow up tickets automatically re-assigned to the original assignee. 

    Our recent reports showed these as big backlogs as they were previously being lost. It leaves the ownership with our agents and would also build better engagement if customers regularly interacted with the same staff member for any follow ups to an existing issue. 

    Would be a huge help for us if this can get created! 

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  • Collin Cunninghame
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    It's frustrating that this has been outstanding for so many years. I had to create **74** distinct triggers to preserve group assignment and priority in follow up tickets. I'd need to add hundreds more to keep the assignee. But the alternative is follow-ups to our highest priority, specialized tickets winding up at the end of our default queue.

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  • Hrafnhildur Ólafsdóttir
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    We are having the same problem. We have so many users and groups and we are constantly growing - so it's not possble for us to create this many triggers and updating them constantly whenever we have a new agent onboard. So having a feature that would automatically assign a follow up tickets to the original assignee(group/agent) is neccessary in our work, to be able to deliver good customer service. We really hope this feature will be available soon :) 

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    I wonder how Zendesk guys solve this issue in their support.

    The fact that a follow-up to a closed ticket doesn't preserve the initial group is mind-boggling.

     

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  • Rich Lorenzo
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    +1 for this feature.

    The URL target solution makes a lot of sense as a scalable solution, a shame it's not a "supported" approach.

    I don't doubt there have been more important feature priorities over the past 6+ years but this is sort of table stakes here. The way this functions by default is just bound to be wrong for many more teams than it is correct.

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  • William Flaugher
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    I was just googling to see how others have been addressing the issue and am stunned to see that it hasn't been built into the product in the 6yrs since this thread was created.

    Adding my name into the hat of people who would like follow-up tickets to retain the group (if not assignee) or the original ticket.

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  • Serge BERTAINA DUBOIS
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    Please, 

    +1 for this feature !! 

    It seems to be the minimum required for follow up ticket 

     

    Thanks !

    Serge.

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  • Rich Lorenzo
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    The concept of the "follow up tickets" channel is in and of itself confusing and problematic.

    It seems like it may have been some kind of shortcut to create an association between the closed ticket and the new ticket or just wasn't thought through completely. Why do these tickets have to be associated with a different channel altogether? I think that's really the source of the problem that is being discussed here.

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  • Sondra Halperin
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    Nicole, thank you for bumping this with the Product Team.

    I'm guessing the reason it's been shelved is the underlying technical design does not support it, and a significant rewrite would be required to add it.

    ZD also does not support linking tickets (as siblings), which, presumably suffers from the same issue.

    These are important features of a robust CRM system. If ZD wants to maintain market share, it will need to solve these problems.

     

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  • Julia Gilinets
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    We definitely need this as well - it seems like such a loss to lose this information when the whole point of a Case Management system is to gather enough information to properly route tickets. Here we actually have all the info we need - would be great to be able to use it. Seems more like a defect than feature that we're able to extrapolate less from these type of tickets instead of more.

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  • Sébastien Bourrut Lacouture
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    Also very interested in this

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  • Stuart Duff
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    This would be a fantastic functionality to add to the system and would save a lot of manual assigning.

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  • Tonmoy Ghosh
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    I agree with all the comments made thus far. If a follow up ticket already has linkage with the original ticket, why wouldnt it be able to inherit data from the original email.  

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  • Gibson, Trudy
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    Same problem here.  And because only 2 agents can see everything, only they can action these which is not ideal.

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  • Dave Dancsecs
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    I agree with the above and I'm very surprised that the follow-ups do not inherit the previous tickets group and assignment by default

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  • Gibson, Trudy
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    Agree.  This is the expected behaviour and it is frustrating to have to work around this.

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  • Ashley Clayton
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    It could be a feature that's able to be toggled on or off like some of the account settings. 

    We use ours to manage our design tickets and like to keep each customer working with a particular designer for efficiency and customer relationship building. 

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  • Amy wilkins
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    I am disappointed this isn't already a feature, particularly as we have multiple brands and groups and the follow-up tickets don't get automatically triaged anywhere and just sit there for far too long before anyone notices them.

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