Linking to an issue without creating a reference

Is there a way to include a link in a commit message or PR that doesn’t create a reference on the target repository?

Say I’m developing a project at bstinsonmhk/foo and I rely on a library anotheruser/bar, Can I link to anotheruser/bar/issues/1234 without it showing up in their comment stream? They may not care that I’m referencing their issue for my own administrative purposes. 


No, there isn’t a way to prevent that cross-linking from occurring. On the flip side, that cross-link event is only visible to the people that have access to the repository from which the link originated. So if you link to a public repository from a private repository of your own, the only people that will be able to see the link event is yourself and whomever you grant access to your private repository.

I hope that helps!


Linking without references would be a useful feature.

I currently resort to just naming PRs by number without linking anymore (which is stupid).

I don’t want to cause a reference upstream when just prototyping something and I mention the related upstream issue.

On projects I maintain we also get stupid references like this in the discussion stream which just makes it harder to follow what’s important.

It has gotten to a point where I often ignore references, simply because > 90% of them are accidental.

I think cross-repo links also shouldn’t produce a reference in discussion stream by default.


I am recently bumping into this (literally today), would like to see this feature as a configuration.

Ditto … I find this annoying/embarrassing when I just want to reference an issue in my PR and it creates some links in the issue itself. I’m just mentioning it for info, not for the upstream repo to do anything about.