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Played Challenges

Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #465 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18385 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #2690 / 3789
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values inside brackets - 2433 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #501 / 561
  • Number of attempts: 2
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1336 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 5
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2751 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #331 / 815
  • Number of attempts: 8
Split line with dots - 2098 entries

This line is too long, split it.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #345 / 622
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #536 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 3
Com(m)a Trouble - 3379 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #204 / 761
  • Number of attempts: 7
multiple cursor alternative - 1447 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: #156 / 369
  • Number of attempts: 6
From argument to object - 1262 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: #221 / 417
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2829 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #236 / 686
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2801 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 / 625
  • Number of attempts: 9
Extract argument from function - 2215 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #704 / 728
  • Number of attempts: 2
Search and Replace 0 - 4654 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #823 / 1542
  • Number of attempts: 3
Preferably without multi-cursor plugin - 476 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: #24 / 116
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 2498 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #245 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 11
comment and uncomment code inline - 995 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: #263 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11140 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #2757 / 4113
  • Number of attempts: 1
Team names - 1777 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #209 / 570
  • Number of attempts: 3
Missing Library and a Typo - 836 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: #113 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 12
Basic renumbering - 5436 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #155 / 1228
  • Number of attempts: 12
Vice versa - 7522 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1055 / 2044
  • Number of attempts: 7
Python challenge - 140 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: #40 / 41
  • Number of attempts: 1
One to Ten - 2095 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: #387 / 642
  • Number of attempts: 4
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 604 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: #85 / 192
  • Number of attempts: 3
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #63 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 10
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #86 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 7
Delete to the end of the current line - 713 entries

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

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 6
  • Position: #272 / 349
  • Number of attempts: 2
Put the months in order - 915 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: #136 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 492 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #14 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 5
Array transposition - 2312 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #128 / 431
  • Number of attempts: 21
convert yml into java pojo field - 811 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: #110 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple format (2) - 306 entries

try again!

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #24 / 64
  • Number of attempts: 10
Collect List - 4178 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #586 / 1166
  • Number of attempts: 5
I forgot quotes - 15740 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1160 / 4115
  • Number of attempts: 6
-a-b-c- - 3118 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #373 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1951 entries

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

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #217 / 572
  • Number of attempts: 9
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10533 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #2333 / 3637
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #180 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 19
quotes inside quotes - 3026 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: 15
  • Position: #466 / 1044
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1686 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4917 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #932 / 1701
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11637 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1667 / 3413
  • Number of attempts: 7
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6015 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #526 / 1482
  • Number of attempts: 3
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