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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33427 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: #618 / 7377
  • Number of attempts: 5
Swap values - 4553 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #105 / 1259
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18644 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #91 / 3849
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4761 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #404 / 1883
  • Number of attempts: 3
Split line with dots - 2127 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #85 / 631
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2863 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #22 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 6
Extract argument from function - 2321 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #449 / 747
  • Number of attempts: 1
That hyphen - 2564 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #135 / 697
  • Number of attempts: 4
Just the middle - 11370 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #712 / 4168
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5605 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #40 / 1260
  • Number of attempts: 5
Wrap text in quotes - 351 entries

All the blocks of text should be wrapped in quotation marks.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #25 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7819 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #213 / 2108
  • Number of attempts: 3
Pretty multi-line bash - 219 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #18 / 76
  • Number of attempts: 3
C Reformatting - 688 entries

You may use Visual mode... or not. #uppercase

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #37 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 8
Paragraph sort - 430 entries

My large herbivorous mammals, Vim commands, and POSIX utilities need to be sorted separately.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #20 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 4
Paragraph breaks - 509 entries

Swap the blank lines and the aaa lines.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #101 / 166
  • Number of attempts: 3
comments galore - 1017 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #198 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 3
Scrambled numbers - 780 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #14 / 183
  • Number of attempts: 6
Align commas - 1063 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #43 / 243
  • Number of attempts: 6
A grid of punctuation - 124 entries

Create a checkerboard of = and - in an 80×24 grid!

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #18 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 3
Generate a list of numbers - 283 entries

Please generate list of numbers from 1 to 20.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #29 / 136
  • Number of attempts: 3
From A to B - 575 entries

Mirror and change this text block

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #28 / 157
  • Number of attempts: 5
Collect List - 4267 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #239 / 1188
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15938 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #451 / 4165
  • Number of attempts: 5
-a-b-c- - 3181 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #176 / 1131
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10641 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1011 / 3673
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3454 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #119 / 695
  • Number of attempts: 11
quotes inside quotes - 3128 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: #244 / 1073
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12867 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #697 / 3949
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 5041 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #434 / 1738
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 12395 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #431 / 3605
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6683 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #148 / 1639
  • Number of attempts: 4
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