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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32746 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: 32
  • Position: #5603 / 7235
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #175 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 3
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #56 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 8
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #331 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 10
Logging with key - 282 entries

Sometimes it is better to log with meaningful key

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #2 / 81
  • Number of attempts: 3
Space out the alphabet - 1542 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #11 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 7
Fill visual area - 73 entries

Just have fun!

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #11 / 33
  • Number of attempts: 4
ASCII box - 304 entries

Don't forget to fix typos!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #22 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 5
Mute the second method of this script - 429 entries

prepend a # infront of every line of the second method

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #54 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 2
Sorting database text output - 194 entries

Sometimes it is nice to be able to quickly take column-formatted text output from the SQL command line and turn it into a list of useful data. In this case we want a unique, sorted list of the values from the second column combined into one comma-separated list. What is the fewest strokes you can do this in?

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #23 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 3
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #114 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 4
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #79 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 6
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1081 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #29 / 286
  • Number of attempts: 12
Don't know what this is - 1913 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 3
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #40 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 6
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #648 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 7
Letter case trickery - 1515 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #381 / 492
  • Number of attempts: 2
quotes inside quotes - 2996 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: 3
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #188 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #497 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 5
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #346 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11365 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #336 / 3337
  • Number of attempts: 5
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