Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32962 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: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #392 / 7276
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #32 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2381 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #95 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 8
That hyphen - 2500 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #650 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2104 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7537 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #165 / 2049
  • Number of attempts: 5
Scrambled numbers - 772 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #81 / 179
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3122 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #32 / 1113
  • Number of attempts: 8
120 Degrees - 441 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #14 / 140
  • Number of attempts: 6
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1107 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #249 / 292
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1951 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #25 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #484 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3030 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: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #170 / 1045
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #430 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #297 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 10
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