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HS Final exam vimgolf - 597 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #84 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 3894 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #180 / 964
  • Number of attempts: 3
Multiline to Single Line - 410 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #10 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 587 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: #51 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 1004 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #139 / 463
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 970 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: #19 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32803 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: #1634 / 7246
  • Number of attempts: 7
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5850 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #218 / 1439
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18320 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #662 / 3775
  • Number of attempts: 13
Quote modules - 1003 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #207 / 255
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 822 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. 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:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #130 / 206
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4629 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #733 / 1852
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 10480 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1457 / 2972
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3336 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #117 / 750
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4610 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #653 / 1528
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11102 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3042 / 4100
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7491 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #402 / 2030
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2078 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: #46 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 7
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #16 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 6
Delete to the end of the current line - 711 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #233 / 348
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2289 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #31 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 25
Not enough Ps - 65 entries

Different type of code

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #23 / 34
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15704 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1361 / 4104
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3105 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #289 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3018 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: #341 / 1042
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12703 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1092 / 3909
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11522 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #635 / 3380
  • Number of attempts: 3
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