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I know this is obvious to most people who follow me, so I'll just ask: What's your file/folder/label/tag naming methodology?

All I use are dashes (-) and for chronological items like home videos, adding YYYYMMDD to the beginning of the filename.
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I use the ~.  Way more creative.
 
+Chris Self The tilde is nicer looking and I like that doing this "~ Important" = "approximately important". But I'm lazy about the shift key. ;)
 
That documents library shot looks like it could have been taken on my computer.

The first folder is always ~Projects.  Within the ~Projects folder there's a ZArchive - where recently completed projects go for few months until I'm confident they're not coming back to bite me.

I also have an "AnyRubbish" folder where one off files that I don't want to keep go to die.  So, say I grab a folder listing to check something - I'd pipe it to there.  If I need to keep it I can move it somewhere else, but in most cases I won't, so the folder will get emptied on Friday evening.
 
+Fiona O'Grady Great idea with the ZArchive. I use a "Junk Folder" on the desktop for the same purpose as your "AnyRubbish" one. Although now I'm thinking Rubbish is a better term.
 
I've been using underscores. You brought up a good point though: why would I use two keystrokes when I can use one. I think I'll use dash from now on. 
 
Just did a little experimentation.

~Projects was at the top of the list.  I created -Projects.  That stayed in alphabetical order (between O and Q).  - Projects (with a space) went to the top of the list with  ~Projects below it.  ~ Projects still comes after - Projects.

So in terms of keystrokes, tilde with no space is the same as hyphen with a space.  Hyphen on its own doesn't work for me.  So it's always two key strokes whichever way you go.

+Melanie Pinola  - I'm not American, so the word "rubbish" comes more naturally to me than junk/garbage/trash.
 
Aha! Well that's also quite useful to know. Thank you for the research.

+Fiona O'Grady - I think "rubbish" is about as common as "junk" for me, though I like to use "junk" specifically for parts and incomplete devices, thingamajigs, and such. 
 
Thinking about it, yes, I'd use junk for physical items. 
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