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25668 active golfers, 287350 entries, 458 challenges

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Line under headers - 168 entries

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

Add semicolons - 2842 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 109 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

Box it - 3582 entries

Create a box around a line.

Simple, Practical, and Common - 25764 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.

Add string initializers to an enum - 177 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

One number per line - 13429 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Bad Copy Syntax - 664 entries

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

calculations - 100 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

Unsemantic linewrapping - 322 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:

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1887 entries

easy stuff

I forgot quotes - 12173 entries


citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 92 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Just the middle - 9428 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Applying same text modification in several lines - 1805 entries

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

Reorder the groups - 545 entries

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

Com(m)a Trouble - 1855 entries

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

Words in parens - 11201 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Extract wireshark capture filter - 102 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

One to Ten - 1105 entries

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

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9621 entries


ASCII-art Histogram - 151 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 ;-)

ninja substitution - 673 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Swap values inside brackets - 1640 entries

Easy challenge.

Vice versa - 6072 entries

Little role switching.

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge5 - 50 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Simple text editing with Vim - 10553 entries

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge4 - 43 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

html paragraph to table - 422 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Swap values - 3633 entries

Well, swap the values...

Cool or not? - 524 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Basic renumbering - 4691 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 454 entries

Clean and group.

Song Transcription Oops - 126 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 :)

Reformat Cura settings - 86 entries

Cura settings are weirdly encoded... After mere replacements, you'll have to enquote two strings (infill_pattern & speed_travel) and dont forget booleans in lowercase. #format #json

Increment each number - 536 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Collect List - 3555 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

change parenthesis - 155 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

Team names - 1485 entries

The team names are misspelled.

V to the i - 3983 entries

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

Array transposition - 1661 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

Every other line - 2140 entries


Delete to the end of the current line - 489 entries

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

Put the months in order - 502 entries

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge6 - 27 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Copy three lines - 2138 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5529 entries

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

convert yml into java pojo field - 673 entries

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

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 439 entries

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

switch variable - 4345 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

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