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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32989 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 / 7283
  • Number of attempts: 8
Swap values - 4484 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #469 / 1245
  • Number of attempts: 6
One number per line - 18434 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #767 / 3800
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values inside brackets - 2440 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #169 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4643 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #257 / 1858
  • Number of attempts: 2
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2765 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #95 / 819
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap the operands under comparison - 263 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #15 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 5
Add semicolons - 10709 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #863 / 3014
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3475 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #107 / 1125
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 3441 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #212 / 769
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7696 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #552 / 1838
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hash staircase - 39 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #16 / 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
Cool or not? - 761 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #192 / 216
  • Number of attempts: 1
multiple cursor alternative - 1452 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: #225 / 371
  • Number of attempts: 2
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 711 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #119 / 167
  • Number of attempts: 1
Every other line - 2846 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #235 / 689
  • Number of attempts: 8
Copy three lines - 2819 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 / 629
  • Number of attempts: 7
Convert Application Output to CSV - 180 entries

Change the application output to comma-separated values

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #36 / 50
  • Number of attempts: 2
Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 57 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #2 / 16
  • Number of attempts: 7
Search and Replace 0 - 4695 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1150 / 1556
  • Number of attempts: 2
Number Sort - 292 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 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 2
That hyphen - 2512 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #657 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letterbox - 88 entries

Make a box!

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 46
  • Position: #8 / 24
  • Number of attempts: 1
Flip the bit - 111 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #9 / 65
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11263 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #386 / 4135
  • Number of attempts: 4
Python Hello World! Reformatting - 907 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: #167 / 353
  • Number of attempts: 2
Basic renumbering - 5449 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #384 / 1231
  • Number of attempts: 8
Add to end of each line... kinda - 296 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 / 159
  • Number of attempts: 2
Fun With The Diagonal - 98 entries

change the lowercase characters on the main diagonal to uppercase

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #62 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vice versa - 7588 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #27 / 2055
  • Number of attempts: 6
Vim's not included features - 183 entries

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

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #30 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 4
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: #40 / 645
  • Number of attempts: 6
Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #62 / 89
  • Number of attempts: 5
Increment each number - 951 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #4 / 234
  • Number of attempts: 2
snowflake fractal - 39 entries

From step 0 to step 3 of a fractal

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #12 / 17
  • Number of attempts: 1
move titles next to url, in quotes - 492 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #75 / 129
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assign numbers to fields - 93 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 / 52
  • Number of attempts: 2
unknown command - 144 entries

I want change 5 words

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #40 / 73
  • Number of attempts: 1
Collect List - 4191 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #72 / 1170
  • Number of attempts: 1
readability - 309 entries

Make the code readable by adding some spaces

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #60 / 146
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15766 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #242 / 4118
  • Number of attempts: 8
-a-b-c- - 3125 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #117 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 5
Count both ways - 966 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #293 / 343
  • Number of attempts: 2
Gray area - 710 entries

It's a golf metaphor or something.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #78 / 262
  • Number of attempts: 4
Don't know what this is - 1959 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 / 574
  • Number of attempts: 7
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10557 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #777 / 3643
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12769 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #580 / 3925
  • Number of attempts: 9
Shebangs for all - 1787 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 / 470
  • Number of attempts: 8
Almost encrypted - 185 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #111 / 139
  • Number of attempts: 2

Contributed Challenges

Build a six - 267 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 711 entries

Clean and group.

Cool or not? - 761 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

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