Outstanding issues may exist for feature requests that I don't need, or for minor bugs that won't occur in anything but obscure edge cases that don't apply to the primary use case. I welcome high quality patches but otherwise have no interest in pursuing them.
You just can't look at a repo and discern its completeness in an easy way.
Also explain why you think it's complete.
Simply just not having in a commit in a year isn't a tell but it is concerning; I haven't come across tech stable enough that even very minor commits don't become necessary within even a few months.
If it's your personal projects though, I don't make that assumption.
I wish more software took that approach. Far too often software quality drops after a while as developers keep piling on the features.
This doesn't mean the entire project needs to be re-written. Often times, a simple note that says "compatible with Rails 4" would be satisfactory.
But if even the readme is not updated, that makes it difficult for me to put any faith in it. And unfortunately there are tons of projects like that on GitHub.
Let me give a counter-example. PriorityQueue is a data structure implementation published as a Ruby gem in 2005: https://rubygems.org/gems/PriorityQueue/versions/0.1.2. It has not been updated since, because it doesn't need to be. It just works. (It could use better docs, but even that would be a one-time change.)
Similarly, I have a gem that helps build searches with ORMs - https://github.com/nathanl/searchlight. It doesn't directly depend on any ORM, just the "chained method calls to build queries" interface that they implement. That means I don't need to update it when ActiveRecord or Sequel or Mongoid gets a new feature. Which means I commit far less often. I consider it feature complete and only make bug fixes, which should eventually stop.
At that point, it may look abandoned, but it won't be. Just stable. Which I consider a good thing.
But yeah, this happens all the time in this space.
Unfortunately, Rails APIs change a lot more than the time-trusted POSIX APIs.