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Played Challenges

hello-world-vimgolf - 1768 entries

Simple number generation

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #5 / 509
  • Number of attempts: 3
Modernise code - 1006 entries

Modernise and clean up some C++ code.

  • Best score: 34
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #36 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 10
Rural Post - 4166 entries

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

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #169 / 1031
  • Number of attempts: 7
Satisfy the go linter - 2032 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: #105 / 413
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add quotes to ansible playbook - 822 entries

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

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #47 / 258
  • Number of attempts: 7
Multiline to Single Line - 552 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #143 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 2
xrandr outputs and dashes - 613 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: #115 / 199
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 1066 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #319 / 489
  • Number of attempts: 2
Get mail address from outlook format - 600 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #65 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 7
Swap values - 4484 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #349 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 6
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6061 entries

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

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #705 / 1481
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18439 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1017 / 3802
  • Number of attempts: 6
Unsemantic linewrapping - 849 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: 9
  • Position: #91 / 215
  • Number of attempts: 5
V to the i - 4647 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #772 / 1861
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2768 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #8 / 821
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10715 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #729 / 3019
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3480 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #479 / 1127
  • Number of attempts: 3
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 718 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #141 / 169
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2850 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #78 / 690
  • Number of attempts: 8
Search and Replace 0 - 4722 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #673 / 1562
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11281 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1474 / 4139
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 1324 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #76 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2116 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: #335 / 647
  • Number of attempts: 3
Line under headers - 1933 entries

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

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 34
  • Position: #350 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 1
Array transposition - 2321 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #40 / 434
  • Number of attempts: 10
Space out the alphabet - 1602 entries

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #390 / 436
  • Number of attempts: 1
I forgot quotes - 15808 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #1117 / 4124
  • Number of attempts: 8
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10560 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1581 / 3645
  • Number of attempts: 2
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1527 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #116 / 429
  • Number of attempts: 9
Ruby 1.9 compat - 598 entries

Remember when Ruby supported `when <expr> :`? Well, it doesn't in 1.9, so let's make sure we use `then`, without ruining our lovely new hash syntax!

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #64 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 3
Context insensitive completion 0 - 479 entries

Buried in the lines you're not supposed to add is the line "Add this line!" Add that line to the top of the file.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #107 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 2
Reverse characters in a line - 666 entries

You have everything you need, just not in the right order. Mastermind would give you 26 white pegs.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #209 / 241
  • Number of attempts: 1
Simple text editing with Vim - 11753 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #655 / 3447
  • Number of attempts: 5
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