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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: 112
  • Number of attempts: 1
Java Array2List - 210 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 83
  • Number of attempts: 2
Multiplication table. - 171 entries

Create a multiplication table.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
Remember FizzBuzz? - 513 entries

Output FizzBuzz to 100. Start with nothing.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 50
  • Number of attempts: 4
expand a list comprehension (python) - 240 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the Haiku - 246 entries

Change this slightly scrambled haiku to its unscrambled form and fix the capitalisation and punctuation along the way.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5385 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat some Python - 498 entries

Fix some very bizarrely laid-out code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 5
Deleting folded text - 274 entries

The text below contains three folds. Delete them (and the text inside them). For example: 123 456 /*{{{*/ 789 /*}}}*/ 012 Should become: 123 012 Also, add `aoeuaoeu` to make sure small solutions don't get flagged as cheating.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 3
Add fold markers to a .c file - 439 entries

Fold markers can make it easier to navigate source code. Add them to this .c file.

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Number of attempts: 4
imports alignment (python) - 571 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Case preserving word replacement - 383 entries

Half way through my project, my people turned into dogs. Now I have to change everything in my source.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reformat long lines - 312 entries

Rearrange this ruby method call to put each parameter on its own line. Could become a useful macro.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1716 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 2
The holy-grail may help - 295 entries

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

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

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
Wrap the text of an email message to 79 characters - 478 entries

You're replying to an email with silly long lines. Clean them up.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1106 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 1
Insert a Markdown link - 377 entries

Put a link in a markdown document, using the after-the-paragraph format.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 3
Ruby 1.9 hashes - 1043 entries

Rubyists talk about being cutting edge but how many are using 1.9 in production? Time to convert those verbose 1.8 hashes in to symbolic, succinct 1.9 beauties!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reconstruct the Sentence - 1010 entries

Get the sentence back in the proper order, remove duplicate lines, and then combine the separate lines into one.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Almost encrypted - 164 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 3898 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Overall Vimgolf Rank - 138 entries

Suppose you are trying to figure out what your overall rank is at Vimgolf(the sum of all the ranks you got), and as a Vim ninja you decided to use Vim to do the job. Your solution should work for every Vimgolf profile page(The actual input file for this challenge is my Vimgolf profile page). So, direct answer insertion is considered cheating.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 3
Another Mixed-Up Haiku - 196 entries

VimGolf ... a perfect evening?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Happy New Year! - 129 entries

This is a simple new year's challenge.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 31
  • Number of attempts: 1
Line Zipper - 389 entries

Zip/pair related lines.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Number of attempts: 1
Round Round - 240 entries

Round Round

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 5
Assignment Alignment - 659 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Number of attempts: 1
Ruby 1.9 compat - 545 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Before there was Farmville... - 90 entries

There was old MacDonald. For my toddler. The first Vim sing-a-long?

  • Best score: 156
  • Best player score: 202
  • Number of attempts: 1
Change the content of a string - 1208 entries

This docstring is a complete lie. Fix it.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment, increment, increment.... - 475 entries

Vim likes macros

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Generate English Alphabets - 389 entries

Start with a, get up to z.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting paragraphs - 437 entries

Order the paragraphs correctly, per prefixed index

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Table Reshuffle - 316 entries

Fix the column order in this table... also append the new 'username' column.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 3
Braces or Brackets? - 625 entries

Someone forgot whether to use braces or brackets and you have to clean up their code!

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
Complete the hex array data - 174 entries

Do not use external tools(e.g. tac, seq) [My interpretation of Rule #7]

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 3
Recursively Palindrome - 221 entries

Note that there are 2^6-1 characters.

  • Best score: 6
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 - 128 entries

Somebody's got this slightly muddled up. See how quickly you can fix it. (I made this to experiment with buffers. I'm not actually sure whether this is faster with buffers or without.)

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Number of attempts: 2
Make Fancy Header - 891 entries

Make the header text stand out with surrounding asterisks

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cartesian product - 201 entries

{1,2,3,4,5} X {1,2,3,4,5}

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 4
Flodder-challenge - 804 entries

Replace the text the most efficient and win!

  • Best score: 27
  • Best player score: 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
Whitespace, empty lines and tabs - 2517 entries

Convert tabs to spaces, strip empty lines and trailing whitespace.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 25
  • Number of attempts: 1
PEP8 Python Wrapping Comments and Code - 148 entries

According to PEP8, long flowy text and code should have different max line lengths. Code: 79 characters max Long flowy text: 72 characters max

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML to Haml - 683 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 27
  • Number of attempts: 5
Context Insensitive completion 1 - 388 entries

Finish writing this simple Python HTTP server.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Context insensitive completion 0 - 441 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: 2
Reformat most common surnames - 515 entries

Reformat copy-pasted table into a list of the most common surnames

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Word Blender - 118 entries

The insides of long words seem to have been run through the blender. Can you fix this famous tale, brave knight?

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat a C golf submission - 464 entries

Take this C golf submission (for the "tiny but standards-compliant Hello World program" category, naturally), and turn it into formatted C code.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 29
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10059 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the cardinal numbers - 211 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Solve the Sokoban - 158 entries

A wink for all Vimgolfers that play Nethack too.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 2
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 346 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort and add attributes - 1059 entries

Sort the states and add the attribute country to each record.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 33
  • Number of attempts: 3
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