This is one of the recent changes in Git to make it more user friendly.
More specifically in this point, help users avoid these automatic merge
messages that can sometime be a bit ugly.
>From http://git-scm.com/docs/git-pull :
Invoke an editor before committing successful mechanical merge to further
edit the auto-generated merge message, so that the user can explain and
justify the merge. The --no-editoption can be used to accept the
auto-generated message (this is generally discouraged). The --edit option
is still useful if you are giving a draft message with the -m option from
the command line and want to edit it in the editor.
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