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When creating a new Issue Link Type, you need to specify an Outward Link Description (e.g. "duplicates") and an Inward Link Description (e.g. "is duplicated by").

What do these mean?

When a JIRA user links two issues together, 

  • the Outward Link Description applies to the issue from within which they clicked "Link this issue to another issue".
  • the Inward Link Description applies to the issue that they choose to link to.
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