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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32758 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: #71 / 7239
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #463 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18278 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #750 / 3768
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2404 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #166 / 555
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #257 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2704 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #86 / 804
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap the operands under comparison - 251 entries

Swap the operands under comparison to prevent null pointer exception (at least in java)

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #15 / 90
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10452 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #840 / 2961
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3426 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #107 / 1110
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3287 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #200 / 743
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7640 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #542 / 1825
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hash staircase - 38 entries

Can you use a strategy to come up with this pattern?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #15 / 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cool or not? - 744 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #189 / 213
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1427 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: 22
  • Position: #222 / 365
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 696 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #115 / 162
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #231 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2755 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #115 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 7
Convert Application Output to CSV - 166 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #36 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 2
Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 51 entries

Generate the Kolakoski sequence as described by its first 75 terms.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #2 / 14
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4580 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1116 / 1516
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 282 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #100 / 150
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #647 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letterbox - 83 entries

Make a box!

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #8 / 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flip the bit - 102 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #9 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11080 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #386 / 4091
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 879 entries

A novice Python using prints Hello World! and a pro shows him different way. Using vim to get into pro style from novice, win the challenge.

  • Best score: 39
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #164 / 339
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5395 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #374 / 1219
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add to end of each line... kinda - 285 entries

Visual-block mode can be used to add something to the end of each line, even if they are of differing lengths. However, what if it's not quite at the end?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #29 / 153
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fun With The Diagonal - 96 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #62 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #27 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vim's not included features - 168 entries

Filter not included (-) features in a hypothetical installation of vim.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #28 / 57
  • Number of attempts: 4
One to Ten - 2066 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: #40 / 632
  • Number of attempts: 6
Build a six - 265 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #61 / 88
  • Number of attempts: 5
Increment each number - 940 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #4 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 2
snowflake fractal - 36 entries

From step 0 to step 3 of a fractal

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #11 / 15
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 464 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #71 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assign numbers to fields - 91 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #10 / 51
  • Number of attempts: 2
unknown command - 142 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #40 / 71
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #72 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 298 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #60 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15656 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #242 / 4097
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #117 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 5
Count both ways - 932 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #283 / 333
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 674 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #78 / 252
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1919 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: 11
  • Position: #47 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #777 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #572 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 9
Shebangs for all - 1730 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #34 / 460
  • Number of attempts: 8
Almost encrypted - 178 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #111 / 134
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

Build a six - 265 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 696 entries

Clean and group.

Cool or not? - 744 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

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