The way Bitbucket pull requests currently handle branch closing, by merging first and then closing, works against the grain of Mercurial: it creates a dangling head for each branch-closing commit, which clutters the repository history, and frustrates features like
hg pull -r <rev> (which won't pull in the closing commits relevant to the target revision).
For this reason, the usually recommended way of closing and merging branches in Mercurial is to close them before merging them: see e.g. here and here. This makes for a cleaner and more readable history, and avoids the usability problems above.
Can the branch closing feature for Mercurial repositories be changed to work this way?
(Alternatively, if there are users who for some reason insist on the current close-after-merge behavior, can both options be supported?)