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Played Challenges

Put a cross in the square - 121 entries

Put a cross in the square

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #13 / 54
  • Number of attempts: 2
swap number pairs - 1434 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #83 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 6
HS Final exam vimgolf - 647 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #6 / 173
  • Number of attempts: 5
Rural Post - 4087 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #60 / 1010
  • Number of attempts: 4
Satisfy the go linter - 2003 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
  • Position: #76 / 401
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 781 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #27 / 246
  • Number of attempts: 3
xrandr outputs and dashes - 588 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
  • Position: #90 / 192
  • Number of attempts: 2
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 702 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: 18
  • Position: #38 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 1043 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #270 / 478
  • Number of attempts: 3
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1036 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: 21
  • Position: #30 / 208
  • Number of attempts: 9
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32881 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: #2290 / 7266
  • Number of attempts: 7
Hogwarts Email Sorting - 827 entries

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

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #42 / 236
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 4423 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #336 / 1239
  • Number of attempts: 4
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5948 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #351 / 1460
  • Number of attempts: 2
One number per line - 18369 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #710 / 3786
  • Number of attempts: 8
Quote modules - 1013 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #30 / 257
  • Number of attempts: 4
Aliases for cd - 819 entries

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

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #13 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 12
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #201 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 3
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2741 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #458 / 813
  • Number of attempts: 1
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1106 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: 20
  • Position: #97 / 230
  • Number of attempts: 4
Bad Copy Syntax - 1926 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #13 / 490
  • Number of attempts: 4
Com(m)a Trouble - 3369 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #294 / 758
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7678 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #403 / 1834
  • Number of attempts: 6
Just the middle - 11124 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1443 / 4109
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5422 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #242 / 1225
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7508 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #574 / 2038
  • Number of attempts: 6
One to Ten - 2091 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
  • Position: #318 / 640
  • Number of attempts: 5
Line under headers - 1911 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #9 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15712 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1088 / 4109
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10531 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1558 / 3636
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12725 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1123 / 3915
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11589 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1817 / 3402
  • Number of attempts: 1
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