Jeff King <> writes:

> It _only_ impacts git-shortlog, not git-log or other traversals. Making
> it an even more dubious feature, IMHO.

I think this was done by an explicit end user request for shortlog.

As you mentioned, merge gives readable merge log messages, but it
deliberately uses the real URL, not your personal nickname for the
remote when writing the title line of a merge, i.e.

        Merge [branch <x> of ]<repoURL>

so it would be helped by the repository abbreviation.  It probably
was an oversight that we did not extend it to the rest of the log
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