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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: #888 / 7239
  • Number of attempts: 6
Swap values - 4401 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #157 / 1233
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18278 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #211 / 3768
  • Number of attempts: 10
V to the i - 4605 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #476 / 1842
  • Number of attempts: 3
Every other line - 2781 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #180 / 677
  • Number of attempts: 6
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: #60 / 618
  • Number of attempts: 4
Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #185 / 723
  • Number of attempts: 6
Search and Replace 0 - 4580 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #486 / 1516
  • Number of attempts: 6
That hyphen - 2464 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #155 / 674
  • Number of attempts: 5
Just the middle - 11080 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #879 / 4091
  • Number of attempts: 3
Basic renumbering - 5395 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #65 / 1219
  • Number of attempts: 10
Adam's challenge - 905 entries

Change both normal to bold and 4 by 2. Adam Wathan challenge this on twitter . He did it in 11 keystrokes on Sublime.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3 / 253
  • Number of attempts: 3
Fiddle percentages into real numbers - 791 entries

Get rid of the '%' symbols and shift the decimal place. This is the easier version - all the columns line up.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #60 / 269
  • Number of attempts: 5
Nesting SASS - 246 entries

Move a block inside another block and indent it

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #7 / 87
  • Number of attempts: 3
Combines all items - 265 entries

For each line that starts with the same number I want to combine its contents

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #56 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
Vice versa - 7434 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #273 / 2016
  • Number of attempts: 6
Order and join - 853 entries

There's something special about the input order.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #32 / 235
  • Number of attempts: 6
comments galore - 956 entries

Basic comment reformatting

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #224 / 406
  • Number of attempts: 3
Align commas - 1000 entries

There are 15,000 aligning challenges on vimgolf.com, and they're all exactly the same. I hope this one is a little different.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #59 / 231
  • Number of attempts: 7
Collect List - 4149 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #297 / 1160
  • Number of attempts: 7
I forgot quotes - 15656 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #565 / 4097
  • Number of attempts: 10
-a-b-c- - 3077 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #203 / 1099
  • Number of attempts: 5
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: #83 / 563
  • Number of attempts: 5
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10511 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1117 / 3628
  • Number of attempts: 3
attr_aligner - 3350 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #211 / 678
  • Number of attempts: 12
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: 14
  • Position: #268 / 1037
  • Number of attempts: 5
Words in parens - 12682 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #754 / 3905
  • Number of attempts: 3
switch variable - 4865 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #467 / 1689
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple text editing with Vim - 11391 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #476 / 3347
  • Number of attempts: 4
Chris Robertson
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