How do I do wildcard searches in the rest API?

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Firstly, not all fields support text searches (reporter does not apparantly) (for more info which fields support it see the documentation) and when performing search characters with wildcards the documentation states 

Wildcard characters need to be enclosed in quote-marks, as they are reserved characters in advanced search. Use quotations, e.g. summary ~ "cha?k and che*"

Keep in mind that when you send the jql as get parameter you will have to urlencode it. Here is an example search with wildcards that works

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