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They're useful in allowing you to cross-reference from one repository to another, so that comments or issues raised elsewhere can link back and have a point of context in a way. They're also good for those who want to use GitHub as an issue tracker for the public, who you don't want to see your source code. For example, you have a public repo that only ...


If GitHub won't show you the network graph because there are too many forks, try the Members tab instead. You may still get the following warning: Woah, this network is huge! We're showing only some of this network's repositories. but at least you'll be able to see some of the forks.

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