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HS Final exam vimgolf - 703 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: #100 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 4138 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #192 / 1023
  • Number of attempts: 3
Multiline to Single Line - 540 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #10 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 1
xrandr outputs and dashes - 607 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 / 195
  • Number of attempts: 5
Yo To Hello - 1059 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #139 / 485
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1046 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 / 210
  • Number of attempts: 8
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32992 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 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 7
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6030 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #218 / 1477
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18435 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #662 / 3801
  • Number of attempts: 13
Quote modules - 1019 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #212 / 260
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 838 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: #132 / 211
  • Number of attempts: 7
V to the i - 4645 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #733 / 1859
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 10707 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1476 / 3013
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3438 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #117 / 768
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #653 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11263 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3063 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7568 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #402 / 2055
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2113 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 / 645
  • 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 - 715 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 / 350
  • Number of attempts: 2
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #31 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 25
Not enough Ps - 66 entries

Different type of code

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #23 / 35
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15769 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1368 / 4119
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3125 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #289 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 4
quotes inside quotes - 3051 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 / 1050
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1099 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 11708 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 / 3431
  • Number of attempts: 3
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