When I type “Fixes #829” in a commit message, even when it’s in the default branch, a good idea for a setting would for that to not close until my status checks have passed.
For now, the best way to submit bug reports or feature requests is via our contact page (github.com/contact). GitHub Staff working in the Forum will see and respond to those requests there.
That said, I do want to share that we are working on a new tool and process for submitting these sorts of things for the Community Forum (and for github.com). This is still in the investigative stage, and I don’t have a timeline to share, but we are planning on improving this process.
We also recognize the desire for feature requests to be visible to other users, commented on, and even voted on. These are all things that we are taking into consideration when looking at implementing a new process.
Thank you so much for the feedback! I’ll be locking this thread from further replies, and I encourage you to send your feature request via the contact form linked above.