On my GitHub page I have a fork of bitcoin/bitcoin.

The project Hivemind seems interesting, and I want to check it out.

When I try to fork it GitHub tells me that I already have a fork of it, and it references s-matthew-english/bitcoin, which is my fork of bitcoin/bitcoin.

Why is this happening? How can I circumvent this?

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You're trying to fork bitcoin-hivemind/hivemind, which is a fork of truthcoin/truthcoin-cpp, which is itself a fork of bitcoin/bitcoin. So, your hivemind repository would end up being a fork of Bitcoin too, which is not allowed due to a GitHub limitation.

The various workarounds suggested in the Stackoverflow page include:

  • Creating an organization to fork hivemind
  • Creating a second GitHub account
  • Deleting the bitcoin fork, forking hivemind, and creating a bitcoin branch that is even with bitcoin/bitcoin. That way you can still make pull requests to Bitcoin, as that repository is still in the fork graph of bitcoin/bitcoin.
  • So then no one who maintains a fork of bitcoin/bitcoin can simultaneously maintain a fork of hivemind on their account? Oct 21, 2016 at 13:20
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    @s.matthew.english: No, you could do that with a variation of the third suggestion provided here: A repository can manage multiple branches of the same code. You could check out hivemind into a new branch of the bitcoin repository.
    – Murch
    Oct 21, 2016 at 16:16

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