Starting today, you can use commit messages to close issues in other repositories.
Now you can include “fixes user/repo#45” in your commit message, and it will close the referenced issue, provided you have the permission to push to that repository.
You can already close issues via commit messages. The only change is now the issue and commit don’t have to be in the same repository network.
This should make things a lot better for those of you with issues-only repositories.
Happy bug fixing!