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I am forking a GitHub project that has been abandoned. There are about 5 important pull requests that need to be accepted (including mine!), but the project owner is AWOL.

When I use the GitHub web interface to fork the project, none of the pull requests are duplicated into my fork.

Using the GitHub web interface, how do I quickly get those pull requests into my fork?

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Github allows for repository transfer, requesting this transfers its issues, wiki, stars, and watchers. Bear in mind that when you're doing transfer across user accounts, Github doesn't allow for a fork to exist in the target network.

Transferring a repository gives the new user immediate administrative access to the repository—including its code, issues, pull requests, and releases

Before you transfer a repository, keep these things in mind:

The target account must not have a repository with the same name, or a fork in the same network.

To initiate a transfer, the owner of the repo should do this from Settings → Transfer.

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  • Thanks! As you mentioned, transferring the project is initiated by the current project owner. This project owner is AWOL... no contributions and no response to emails. – RockPaperLizard Dec 21 '15 at 5:30

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