We recently upgraded to Bitbucket 5.8 so I am not sure if this is a new feature. We have seen a couple pull requests merged with a "remotely merged the pull request" message. The thing is we do not know how/who did the merge.
In my case, it is because
Bitbucket will mark a pull request as remotely merge when the source and the target branch contains the same commits. This means that the commits (identified by the hash of the commit) must be present on both branches. If there is at least one difference, Bitbucket will not consider the branch has been remotely merged. Note: the diffs could be the same, what really matters here is the Git history of the two branches.
This usually happens when resolving the conflict via a rebase or a squash commit, in these cases the Git history will be different and the pull request will not be marked as merged.
Hi Jeff, I found this thread on Community that explains the meaning of remotely merged pull requests, there's a whole conversation about it so I think it's interesting to read: Pull requests, Squashed commits, Remote Merges.
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