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26168 active golfers, 297721 entries, 459 challenges

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Add semicolons - 4187 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 26721 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

Box it - 4186 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 14106 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Line under headers - 602 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

Bad Copy Syntax - 998 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 428 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

I forgot quotes - 12694 entries


remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2153 entries

easy stuff

Add string initializers to an enum - 368 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

Just the middle - 9656 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Com(m)a Trouble - 2078 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

Applying same text modification in several lines - 1975 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

Words in parens - 11363 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Unsemantic linewrapping - 460 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9715 entries


One to Ten - 1259 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread:

Reorder the groups - 663 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

Vice versa - 6237 entries

Little role switching.

Swap values inside brackets - 1722 entries

Easy challenge.

ninja substitution - 754 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Simple text editing with Vim - 10656 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

Swap values - 3747 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4829 entries

Renumbering Basic.

calculations - 147 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

Collect List - 3603 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

html paragraph to table - 450 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Cool or not? - 545 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Increment each number - 593 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 506 entries

Clean and group.

V to the i - 4102 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

ASCII-art Histogram - 177 entries

Create an ASCCI-art histogram for the given numbers. Make sure not to leave trailing whitespaces. Thanks to VimGolf I recently discovered a feature of Vim thAT blew my mind. I'm curious to see what real ninjas make of it ;-)

Team names - 1507 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Array transposition - 1738 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Every other line - 2232 entries


Put the months in order - 577 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

Copy three lines - 2237 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

Delete to the end of the current line - 540 entries

Delete to the end of the current line, but keep the character under the cursor.

Extract wireshark capture filter - 129 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 115 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

convert yml into java pojo field - 717 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

change parenthesis - 185 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

Song Transcription Oops - 158 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

Split line with dots - 1916 entries

This line is too long, split it.

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 478 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

multiple cursor alternative - 1175 entries


-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 3075 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

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