“Wildcarding”

So, appropriating a library term may have just changed my outlook on life. Or at least, social scheduling. Here’s how it went down.

Last Friday, I was perusing my Twitter feed (as one does) and noticed a discussion between two colleagues about the new API and the ability to use it to search user profiles. One friend commented on the number of people who identify as both library people and cat lovers. Of course, part of the dialogue was the difficulty of truly finding the number is the lack of consistency in how people describe these two personality features (authority control!). At this point, the following exchange occurred:

  • Me: @jloter@cajunjoel Can you wildcard the query? cat* would be easier than guessing all variable terms, same with librar*.
  • CajunJoel: @msthomas@jloter I think you just made “wildcard” a verb. Now, as an exercise, use it in a sentence NOT related to querying databases.
  • Me: @cajunjoel@jloter I prefer to wildcard my weekend, planning dinner and just seeing where it goes from there. #partyhard

Which made me really think… how do I plan my weekends? Am I a fly-by-night girl, or do I want to know everything from beginning to end?  Do you abide by your ALA Scheduler or use it as more of a suggestion? “Wildcarding”, silly though it may seem, really does fit a lot of situations, doesn’t it?

How often do you wildcard?

P.S. If you don’t know what a wildcard is in search terms, find a librarian.

Posted on May 15, 2012, in ALA, Fun Stuff, Work/Life. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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