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26395 active golfers, 301983 entries, 461 challenges

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Add semicolons - 4750 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

Simple, Practical, and Common - 27153 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 - 4474 entries

Create a box around a line.

One number per line - 14410 entries

Just give me the numbers.

Line under headers - 730 entries

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

Bad Copy Syntax - 1102 entries

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

I forgot quotes - 12860 entries


remove lines containing the word "reader" - 2247 entries

easy stuff

Refactor typescript arrow function type - 104 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 495 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

Just the middle - 9762 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

Com(m)a Trouble - 2187 entries

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

Applying same text modification in several lines - 2036 entries

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

Words in parens - 11443 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Add string initializers to an enum - 430 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 9782 entries


One to Ten - 1374 entries

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

Vice versa - 6298 entries

Little role switching.

Unsemantic linewrapping - 482 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:

Reorder the groups - 729 entries

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

Swap values inside brackets - 1791 entries

Easy challenge.

ninja substitution - 790 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

Simple text editing with Vim - 10703 entries

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

Swap values - 3790 entries

Well, swap the values...

Basic renumbering - 4854 entries

Renumbering Basic.

Collect List - 3634 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

V to the i - 4150 entries

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

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 540 entries

Clean and group.

Team names - 1539 entries

The team names are misspelled.

Cool or not? - 562 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

Increment each number - 605 entries

Increment each number individually by one

Array transposition - 1770 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

html paragraph to table - 451 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

Every other line - 2258 entries


ASCII-art Histogram - 199 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 ;-)

Copy three lines - 2256 entries

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

calculations - 158 entries

Complete these (weird) calculations.

Put the months in order - 582 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5570 entries

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

Delete to the end of the current line - 562 entries

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

switch variable - 4451 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

convert yml into java pojo field - 720 entries

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

Split line with dots - 1922 entries

This line is too long, split it.

multiple cursor alternative - 1179 entries


-a-b-c- - 2711 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 481 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

attr_aligner - 3086 entries

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

Extract wireshark capture filter - 132 entries

Extract wireshark capture filter from IP plan

citizen_hacks_2019_challenge2 - 123 entries

For the Citizen Hacks 2019 Vim competition.

change parenthesis - 192 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

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