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Played Challenges

Swap values - 4390 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #461 / 1230
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18240 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2665 / 3760
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #495 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4596 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1326 / 1837
  • Number of attempts: 5
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2699 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #320 / 803
  • Number of attempts: 8
Split line with dots - 2075 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #342 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3419 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #528 / 1108
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3284 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #196 / 741
  • Number of attempts: 7
multiple cursor alternative - 1413 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #153 / 363
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1250 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #219 / 412
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2773 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #232 / 676
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2751 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #116 / 616
  • Number of attempts: 9
Extract argument from function - 2186 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #697 / 721
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4534 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #799 / 1507
  • Number of attempts: 3
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 459 entries

Originally asked as question on reddit by kpthunder: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/9fvsro/what_is_the_most_efficient_way_to_go_about/

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 31
  • Position: #23 / 114
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #243 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 11
comment and uncomment code inline - 974 entries

It's very useful to be able to comment out a block of code in a quick edit. And likewise to uncomment the code. This operation often involves multi-line stanzas and even large blocks. With just line-wise navigation and insert mode this would cost you about 4 keystrokes per line. Master this hole of VimGolf and you'll quickly drop your key count in day to day Vim as well.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #258 / 290
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11074 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2748 / 4088
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1754 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #209 / 564
  • Number of attempts: 3
Missing Library and a Typo - 815 entries

I forgot to add a c library, please add it for me. Also I'm bad at typing so fix my typo too.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #111 / 200
  • Number of attempts: 12
Basic renumbering - 5393 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #155 / 1218
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vice versa - 7416 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1044 / 2011
  • Number of attempts: 7
Python challenge - 128 entries

Change the types of the variables in the list from str to float, while keeping the truncation.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 126
  • Position: #38 / 39
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2055 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: 14
  • Position: #376 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 590 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #83 / 188
  • Number of attempts: 3
Build a six - 264 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #62 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 10
Increment each number - 922 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #83 / 228
  • Number of attempts: 7
Delete to the end of the current line - 708 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #269 / 346
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 911 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 56
  • Position: #135 / 154
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #13 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2234 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #124 / 422
  • Number of attempts: 21
convert yml into java pojo field - 800 entries

How fast vim can create fields for java pojo i.e class declaration referring to a (simple) yml file

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #108 / 212
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 296 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #24 / 63
  • Number of attempts: 10
Collect List - 4146 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #581 / 1159
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15639 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1153 / 4095
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #368 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: 12
  • Position: #214 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 9
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10507 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2328 / 3626
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3347 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #176 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 19
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: 15
  • Position: #463 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12678 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1676 / 3904
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4863 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #922 / 1688
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11354 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1647 / 3335
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5804 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #519 / 1438
  • Number of attempts: 3
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