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Wildcard Searches

posted by ngould, Dec 26, 2005 7:00 AM — 13 comments

I am not sure when this feature came on board but it is really useful.

It appears to work for photo searches but not user, camera or other types of searching.

For those that don't know what a wild card search is: you enter into the search box the first part of your search word followed by * (asterisk - shift 8). Do not have space before the *.

SXC will then display the first 1000 photos (updated March 06) that have keywords beginning with the letters before the *.

For example, entering 'lea*' will show 1000 photos that have the keywords 'leaf', 'leaves', 'leap', 'lean' or anything else beginning with 'lea...'.

Changing the display criteria (eg. to 'downloads, descending') will show a different first 1000 images. Unless of course there are less than 1000 images, in which case you see all images displayed in the new way.

I've used the new SXC keyword feature to allow groups of my photos to be easily viewed (if anyone wants to bother!). The wildcard feature now makes this even easier.

For example, type in 'ngsk*' to see all my sky-related photos.

The wildcards can also be used in advanced search in the different boxes to do even more powerful searches.

Thanks for another great feature Peter!

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1. posted by thisgirl92, Dec 31, 2005 10:27 PM

very useful! thankx!

2. posted by pollystan, Mar 14, 2006 8:52 PM

Thank you for posting this information!!! It is greatly appreciated.

3. posted by calvinstar, Mar 24, 2006 11:44 AM

may a take your croissant for a logo

4. posted by ashvin, Apr 28, 2006 6:05 PM

thanks for the wildcard info

5. posted by gericom, Jun 28, 2006 12:21 PM

Hi Neil

not sure how this works, so please forgive me...

I would like ot use: Photo #379797

on my pals website. It is not due to go live for sometime. Is that ok?

Oh - and thanks for the tip above - very helpful.

6. posted by anboo, Aug 9, 2006 9:55 AM


7. posted by prabh, Aug 17, 2006 1:50 PM

ver useful thanks alot

8. posted by fresh-m, Sep 4, 2006 4:30 PM

efficient hint! thx.

9. posted by batje, Sep 25, 2006 1:54 PM


i want to use your lavender photo for a website, is that ok with you ?

10. posted by charcoa1, Apr 6, 2007 7:18 AM

Cool tip, thanks!

11. posted by rector, Jul 11, 2007 12:27 PM

You need 50 photos to be counted in any section.

12. posted by schumer, Jan 25, 2012 8:10 AM

thank you for this wonderful picture

13. posted by jenschaibl, Jun 21, 2013 2:34 PM

Very helpful, thanks for sharing this.

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