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I've been playing with Ruud Hein's GTD article: http://ruudhein.com/evernote-gtd.

His system is based on using @tags - e.g., "@waiting for", "@someday", etc., to keep your GTD "tag namespace" separate from other tags.

Two questions:

(1) One of the saved searches is:

todo:false tag:@* -tag:sd -tag:@project -tag:@wf

However, the wildcard tag...

 tag:@*

...just doesn't seem to love me. Every attempt to use this in a saved search results in "Saved search query contains non-existent items". I do have some tags setup that should match that wildcard. ??? If I take that part out the rest of the query is fine. Putting it as

tag:"@*"

doesn't seem to make a difference.

(2) What is the problem with non-existent items? Who cares? Maybe I'll have some in the future. Evernote should let me enter search queries even if they don't currently match any notes.

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Which client are you using? It may be a client bug.

In general, you may be better off using the underscore character (_) as your magic marker for special tags instead of the @ symbol, since the underscore is considered a "word character" like letters and numbers.

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Which client are you using? It may be a client bug.

In general, you may be better off using the underscore character (_) as your magic marker for special tags instead of the @ symbol, since the underscore is considered a "word character" like letters and numbers.

Windows version 3.5.4.2343 (85292). Ruud's article is from September 2009, so perhaps something changed since then.

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I see this working in 3.5.5.2491 (88745) : it found my '@' prefixed tags no problem.

I might have to change the '@'s to '_', but my brain balks at that, since '_' prefixed identifiers are reserved in C++ for the implementation (i.e. verboten for developers). :)

~Jeff

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