Plowing through the backlog today, and fixing quite a few bugs! Got the backlog down to 87 messages from ~140. And some of the things I got to were old and/or hard.
About a third of the day was spent revisiting git-annex branch shows commit with looong commitlog. I still don't understand how that behavior can happen, but I have a donated repository where it did happen. Made several changes to try to make the problem less likely to occur, and not as annoying when it does occur, and maybe get me more info if it does happen to someone again.