Closing tickets lacking of submitter input

Process for closing tickets lacking of submitter’s input


After discussions in the GGUS-AB and the OMB meetings, members agreed on implementing a work flow for closing tickets waiting for submitter input after a reasonable amount of time. This work flow was also presented at the UCB meeting.

Status value “waiting for reply”

The status value “waiting for reply” should only be used when input from the ticket submitter is required. Setting the ticket status to “waiting for reply” in GGUS triggers an email notification to the submitter’s email address registered in the ticket. After the submitter has replied either by

  • sending an email using the same sender mail address as registered in the ticket or by
  • updating the ticket in web portal using the same credentials/certificate used for submitting the ticket,

the ticket status changes to “in progress” automatically. Updates on the ticket done using different credentials/certificates or email addresses than registered in the ticket will not be recognized as reply by the system and hence have no impact on the work flow. The status value “waiting for reply” must not be used in case of waiting for input of any other person involved in the solving process.


First action

5 working days after setting the ticket status to “waiting for reply” the first reminder is sent to the ticket submitter requesting input. The ticket will also be added to the ticket monitoring dashboard. The ticket monitoring team will make sure that the status value “waiting for reply” is used in a correct sense.

Second action

In case the submitter does not reply, the second reminder is sent to the ticket submitter requesting input after 5 more working days.

Third action

In case the submitter does not reply after another 5 more working days the ticket monitoring team gets notified. The monitoring team will check the ticket for any updates by the submitter not recognized by the system and set the ticket status to “unsolved” if none. The ticket will follow the usual process for “solved”/“unsolved” tickets and be closed after 10 working days without re-opening the ticket again.

ActionTicket StatusWorking DaysWork Flow
1waiting for reply5first reminder to submitter; adding ticket to monitoring dashboard
2waiting for reply5second reminder to submitter
3waiting for reply5notification to monitoring team; the monitoring team sets status “unsolved”
4unsolved10manuel status change to “closed” by ticket monitoring team


In this workflow there is always a human intervention before closing a ticket. The submitter has 15 working days in total for replying to a ticket. Additionally, they have 10 more working days for re-opening the ticket in case they do not agree with setting the ticket to “unsolved”.

Workflow graph

Waiting for submitter workflow

Last modified February 2, 2022 by paolini78 : Import some GGUS content (#387)