Special Labels

This guide is for maintainers. These special people have write access to one or more of Jekyll’s repositories and help merge the contributions of others. You may find what is written here interesting, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

We use a series of “special labels” on GitHub.com to automate handling of some parts of the pull request and issue process. @jekyllbot may automatically apply or remove certain labels based on actions taken by users or maintainers. Below are the labels and how they work:


This label is used to indicate that we need more information from the issue/PR author in order to continue. It may be that you need more info before you can properly triage a bug report, or that you have some unanswered questions about a PR that need to be resolved before moving forward. You can safely ignore any issue with this label, as it is waiting for feedback.

needs-work & pending-rebase

These labels are used to indicate that the Git state of a pull request must change. Both are removed once a push is registered (a “synchronize” event for the pull request) and the pull request becomes mergable. Add needs-work to a PR if, after your review, it requires code changes. Add pending-rebase to a PR if the code is fine but the branch is not automatically mergable with the target branch (e.g. master).


This label is automatically added and removed by @jekyllbot based on activity on an issue or pull request. The rules for this label are laid out in Triaging an Issue: Staleness and automatic closure.


This label is for @jekyllbot to ignore the age of the issue, which means that the stale label won’t be automatically added, and the issue won’t be closed after a while. This needs to be set manually, and should be set with care. (The has-pull-request label does the same thing, but shouldn’t be used to only keep an issue open)