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Since jQuery uses #NNNN for referring to Trac tickets at bugs.jquery.com it's confusing to use the same nomencature for the Github issues as well. Supposedly Github recognizes gh-NNNN and using that would eliminate the confusion.
I don't think we should change the default since most people uses the GitHub issue tracker, but we could certainly provide a way to override it.
@sindresorhus, what Dave is saying is that instead of using #NNNN to close github issues, we should use gh-NNNN to close github issues, so that way when a non-github issue tracker is trying to reference commit numbers, they don't get confused with github pull requests.
For example, imagine pull request number 57 closes issue 56 on a non-gh tracker, and issue 57 on a non-gh tracker exists. Having the commit message say "closes #57" is confusing. It should say "closes gh-57".
@mikesherov Ok, thought about it a bit, and I changed my mind. Let's go for it!
Annnd ... http://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/741
Yup, understood @dmethvin
Closes GH-48: Fixes #47, Close Pull Requests with "GH-" to avoid issu…
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