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Played Challenges

82 bottles of beer on the wall - 243 entries

Take them down. (sorry, only 82 bottles because the problem size is limited!)

  • Best score: 107
  • Best player score: 174
  • Number of attempts: 1
Make HTML List - 855 entries

Turn the comma separated list into an unordered html list.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
Indentation - 406 entries

Indent each line according to the right number of spaces it needs.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
One number per line - 11390 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replacing some words - 405 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reverse and double space - 408 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
Com(m)a Trouble - 1086 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 2
lamb had a little Mary - 464 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse Simple Deletion - 698 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 3921 entries

Replace every instance of 'aaa' with 'xaaax'.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9280 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 1937 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Number Sort - 231 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Increment, increment, increment.... - 479 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 8769 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add to end of each line... kinda - 263 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 10129 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 975 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mirror Symmetry - 686 entries

Add backslashes.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 451 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Context insensitive completion 0 - 443 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
quotes inside quotes - 2684 entries

taken from tip 85 of the very good book 'Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought' ! I'd be interested what people use :)

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
learn vim in short time - 178 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Flip the bit - 51 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Append semicolon after expressions - 841 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change name of a variable - 143 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 491 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
Remove semicolons after expressions - 441 entries

A follow-up for http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4fc9d767d3a0d4000100000e.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
abcd > a b c d - 239 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
A Simple One - 828 entries

Here is a very simple one - just to illustrate/introduce a vim feature that some people seem to miss...

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
-a-b-c- - 2474 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
convert yml into java pojo field - 577 entries

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

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
Copy three lines - 1861 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Order and join - 717 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Un"finnish"ed Work - 101 entries

Replace å by a, ä by a and ö by o.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Where should I put the Newline? - 785 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
The holy-grail may help - 295 entries

Can you find it in less than 20 strokes, Arthur?

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 3
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1257 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make it more readable - 1719 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 2
vim1001 - 227 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1251 entries

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

  • Best score: 4
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Collect List - 3303 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values - 3313 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Not enough Ps - 44 entries

Different type of code

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
V to the i - 3693 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 883 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Fun With The Diagonal - 79 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 1
Basic renumbering - 4380 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 10856 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1568 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vertical Limit - 2063 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
Free hyphen! - 111 entries

Just like "Inner hyphens", but I'm giving you a free hyphen to play with. Will your solution be any different?

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 2
Letter case trickery - 1416 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
comment and uncomment code inline - 721 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 2
replacing each line of a block selection - 2440 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 22736 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.

  • Best score: 2
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 2
Brent Woo
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Linguistics PhD student at UW: idioms, coordination, experimental syntax, Slavic. he/him

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