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


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  • Chad Dodds

    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.

  • Pedro Rodrigues

    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).

  • Robin Hoese

    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.

  • Mike Beasley

    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.

  • Aaron Cooper

    +1. This should be standard functionality within a ticketing system.

  • Maria Nørgaard

    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.

  • Maria Scarpello

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

  • Alan Pinstein

    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.

  • Lauren Mathews

    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! :)



  • Jacob Bockelmann

    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.

  • Judit Moreno

    +1 for this feature. 

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

  • Bill Cicchetti

    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.

  • Robin Hoese

    @Gasper, the crux here is in 'discovered'. Regardless of the company or specific use case, I think we can work off of a few assumptions:

    • The vast majority of ZD email users will have a need for somewhat persistent Groups and Agent assignments
    • All of these users are likely to use some form of trigger to assign to these Groups (unless contact volume is so low that all of that sorting is done manually)
    • It is impossible to predict or prevents end-customers from replying to emails after an indefinite amount of time, creating follow up cases.

    This alone tells us, that many, if not all users, will receive follow-up tickets and have a need to treat those tickets in the same way than the original case, whether the reply comes after 1h hour or 1 month. 

    It would be feasible to either transfer all the data of the parent ticket, including group/agent assignment, to the follow-up or transfer none of it and treat the follow-up like a new case, trusting your triggers to route them the same way as they'd done before.

    However, somewhere in the design there was a deliberate decision to only transfer partial data, making it impossible for a trigger to distinguish between an already routed open case and a follow-up case, entirely without group/agent assignment.

  • Brendan Dodgson

    +1. This should be standard functionality within a ticketing system.

  • Carrie Modon

    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.

  • Nathan Scott,

    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! 

  • Chad Dodds

    Any updates on this? It seems like the follow-up ticket should at least be assigned to the same group as before, if not the specific agent.

  • Collin Cunninghame

    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.

  • Hrafnhildur Ólafsdóttir

    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 :) 

  • Геннадий Коржевский

    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.


  • Rich Lorenzo

    +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.

  • William Flaugher

    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.

  • Serge Bertaina Dubois


    +1 for this feature !! 

    It seems to be the minimum required for follow up ticket 


    Thanks !


  • Rich Lorenzo

    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.

  • Sondra Halperin

    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.


  • Minor Hotel Group Limited

    +1 please

  • Erin Eskew

    Hi! I think this would be a great feature to have since a lot of end users follow-up and expect to be speaking to the same agent. 

  • Jorge

    One more on the waitlist for this feature to be developed. Any news from the new Product Manager?

  • Izabella Stepniak

    I am also waiting on this. We have a lot of tickets and agents and get follow up tickets all the time what get assigned to all agents and we need to re-assign them to the agents.

    It would be such a help to have this issue solved

  • Karen D Snyder

    Yes, it would be great if the follow-up ticket at least inherited the same group; that would be enough for us. Same agent would be nice too, but the group is what is important.

    So far I have implemented the suggested workaround for 10 of our groups: a trigger to tag tickets that are closed with a tag that identifies the group, and then a trigger for follow-up tickets to assign to that group. That was 20 triggers. I now have to do it for 10 more groups, so that is 20 more triggers. We have too many groups to be creating two triggers for every group.


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