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26247 active golfers, 299120 entries, 460 challenges

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Add semicolons - 4403 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 26849 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 - 4268 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 14216 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Line under headers - 651 entries

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

Bad Copy Syntax - 1039 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 12737 entries


SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 458 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

remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2184 entries

easy stuff

Just the middle - 9691 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Add string initializers to an enum - 397 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

Com(m)a Trouble - 2104 entries

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

Applying same text modification in several lines - 1994 entries

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

Words in parens - 11376 entries

We should all ace this, right?

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9733 entries


Unsemantic linewrapping - 470 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:

One to Ten - 1296 entries

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

Reorder the groups - 697 entries

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

Vice versa - 6249 entries

Little role switching.

Swap values inside brackets - 1757 entries

Easy challenge.

ninja substitution - 780 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Simple text editing with Vim - 10680 entries

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

Swap values - 3773 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4841 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Collect List - 3627 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

calculations - 156 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

html paragraph to table - 451 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Cool or not? - 554 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

V to the i - 4122 entries

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

Increment each number - 595 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 510 entries

Clean and group.

Team names - 1510 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Array transposition - 1738 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

ASCII-art Histogram - 183 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 ;-)

Every other line - 2234 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 - 542 entries

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

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5569 entries

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

Extract wireshark capture filter - 129 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

switch variable - 4443 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

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

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 116 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

Split line with dots - 1916 entries

This line is too long, split it.

change parenthesis - 188 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

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


Song Transcription Oops - 159 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 :)

-a-b-c- - 2689 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

attr_aligner - 3081 entries

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

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