Github user JPercivall commented on the issue:

    https://github.com/apache/nifi/pull/803
  
    @ToivoAdams yup, it's complaining because when you "rebase" you are 
re-writing history. When you try to push it's out of sync with the branch 
you're pushing to and it tells you to "pull" in order to be coordinated. By 
doing a "force push", you're saying "forget whatever the current state of the 
branch is, what I'm pushing is correct".
    
    This is very nice when you're doing it to your own branch/PR but it's 
pretty self-explanatory how bad it could be doing to the Apache repo.
    
    I'm gonna take a look at the new PR now.


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