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Played Challenges

Put a cross in the square - 43 entries

Put a cross in the square

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 2
swap number pairs - 1037 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 7
HS Final exam vimgolf - 414 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extend shell script - 47 entries

Just add some more stuff

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 39
  • Number of attempts: 8
Easy modification of ssh config - 112 entries

Just add another alias to each worker

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change double quotes to single quotes, but with a twist - 171 entries

Although this challenge is in the context of a Python function, you don't need to know Python to do this challenge. It is to add contexts and interesting constraints. The file contains a function that prints a multi-line string literal. I wrote the string literal with double quotes, but then I decided to use single quotes instead, and that's your challenge. However, interestingly enough, the string itself contains single and double quotes. This means, inside the string literal, the originally escaped double quotes no longer need to be escaped, but the single quotes now need to be escaped. Note that the triple double quotes in the docstring should be left alone.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 43
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 3622 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 5
Satisfy the go linter - 1464 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 397 entries

You created an ansible playbook, but forgot to add quotes. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 2
Multiline to Single Line - 256 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 479 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 571 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 2
Yo To Hello - 833 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 867 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 5
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5701 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
Quote modules - 969 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 8
Aliases for cd - 778 entries

Create these beautiful aliases with as few strokes as possible. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 13
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 767 entries

Given a list of emails, get the students full name and their associated house.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 4
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1059 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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1851 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 9
citizen_hacks_2019_part5 - 13 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add string initializers to an enum - 725 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 3
Unsemantic linewrapping - 797 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. 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:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 4
Bad Copy Syntax - 1881 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10285 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
Box it - 7592 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2028 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3409 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2697 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3264 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 6
Team names - 1752 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 3
Copy three lines - 2747 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 9
One number per line - 18188 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vice versa - 7383 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32648 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
  • Number of attempts: 8
Just the middle - 11069 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15626 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 8
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Recursive Cowsay - 56 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 7
Greek Letters - 59 entries

Starting with a list of Greek letters, create a cross-reference table showing all of the Greek alpha-beta. You'll likely need to use digraphs (:help digraphs). Note that while most digraphs can be entered with either character first, lowercase sigma has two digraphs -- s* AND *s! Good luck!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 83
  • Number of attempts: 9
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11332 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 4
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5781 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 6
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