I found this word in the Github guide, and I don't understand it.

It is used in this context (emphasis added):

By using @mentions and references inside of Issues, you can notify other GitHub users & teams, and cross-connect issues to each other. These provide a flexible way to get the right people involved to resolve issues effectively, and are easy to learn and use. They work across all text fields on GitHub — they’re a part of our text formatting syntax called GitHub Flavored Markdown.

What does cross-connect mean?

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    Cross indicates that the connections are between two different groups (the users and teams, if I'm understanding it correctly). One could also provide links within a single group, and those wouldn't be "cross". (Maybe a hair unhappy, but not cross.)
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 16, 2016 at 3:11
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    I don't know what exactly it means on Github. To me, cross-connection implies bi-directionality: if you have cross-connected Issue A to Issue B, then Issue B is also connected to Issue A. This is different from a reference or a link, where linking A to B does not automatically link B to A. Oct 16, 2016 at 3:54
  • @michael-hor257k description is 100% correct. A has a "pointer" to B. And B has a "pointer" to A. I am using "pointer" to mean a note or reference.
    – k1eran
    Nov 15, 2016 at 12:21
  • It needs to be understood here that there is no precise definition of this term. It is used many different ways.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 15, 2016 at 13:27

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Suppose there are two issues in a repository and these issues are connected to each other in a way that the first issue causes the second issue. For example, if in the first issue you mention the second issue of that repository, you are making a connection between these two issues and indicating that they are relevant to each other. This is called 'cross-connect'ing the things.

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