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Why are unrelated work items being linked when a numerical value is part of the content of the work item


Wendy Murphy (1512633) | asked Oct 18 '13, 9:47 a.m.
we have an issue in RTC 4.0.4 and previous versions that work items are being linked as mentioned when a numerical value in the body text fields of a work item have digits that correspond to a work item id.

here is the example I have work item 18997 which includes a numerical value 11644 which is now an rtc record. the records become linked. as 11644 is mentioned in 18997 which is not the case? Has anyone seen this and how do you correct the behavior?

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Kevin Ramer (4.5k6172191) | answered Oct 18 '13, 2:24 p.m.
edited Oct 18 '13, 2:33 p.m.
This is because by default RTC "watches" for phrases like "work item NNNN", "defect NNNN"  and does a "Mentions" link.  Normally, this could be helpful, but unfortunately, it crosses project area boundaries and more than once I've received  inqury asking why I modified some work item or another because of the "Mentions" behavior. 

I'm pretty sure there's an enhancment request to either eliminate or otherwise squelch the Mentions.

https://jazz.net/jazz/resource/itemName/com.ibm.team.workitem.WorkItem/156307
which leads to
https://jazz.net/jazz/resource/itemName/com.ibm.team.workitem.WorkItem/204058

Further down the road:  
https://jazz.net/jazz/web/projects/Rational%20Team%20Concert#action=com.ibm.team.workitem.viewWorkItem&id=165783

Has a comment that describes enabling/disabling this auto detect for "bare" numeric strings.

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