Real Vim ninjas count every keystroke - do you?

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Played Challenges

xrandr outputs and dashes - 591 entries

uh oh, different video drivers identify display outputs with more dashes. Quick, need to change this xrandr script!

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #190 / 193
  • Number of attempts: 2
From a Thunderlink to a Markdown link - 703 entries

ThunderLinks are durable hyperlinks to specific email messages generated from Thunderbird in HTML format. Leverage the power of vim to make them suitable for a markdown-formatted file.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #154 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 1
Yo To Hello - 1051 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #429 / 483
  • Number of attempts: 1
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1037 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #193 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple, Practical, and Common - 32953 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: 30
  • Position: #5245 / 7275
  • Number of attempts: 4
Get mail address from outlook format - 596 entries

Create a mail list space separated of mail list formatted by outlook

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #122 / 184
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 4440 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1067 / 1241
  • Number of attempts: 10
prepend * to every non-blank line - 5977 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #572 / 1468
  • Number of attempts: 4
One number per line - 18395 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #1950 / 3793
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 2433 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #335 / 561
  • Number of attempts: 4
V to the i - 4641 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #1787 / 1857
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: #442 / 815
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10545 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #1989 / 2989
  • Number of attempts: 3
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3454 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1019 / 1121
  • Number of attempts: 5
Com(m)a Trouble - 3410 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #653 / 764
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 7682 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 36
  • Position: #1615 / 1836
  • Number of attempts: 3
Search and Replace 0 - 4676 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1012 / 1549
  • Number of attempts: 2
Just the middle - 11141 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3047 / 4114
  • Number of attempts: 6
Basic renumbering - 5436 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #1154 / 1228
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1302 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #173 / 248
  • Number of attempts: 13
Vice versa - 7535 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #2009 / 2048
  • Number of attempts: 2
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: 25
  • Position: #617 / 642
  • Number of attempts: 3
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #212 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 2
Collect List - 4184 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #1136 / 1167
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15748 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #2322 / 4116
  • Number of attempts: 3
-a-b-c- - 3118 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #848 / 1112
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10538 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #3160 / 3638
  • Number of attempts: 4
attr_aligner - 3402 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 42
  • Position: #627 / 685
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 12736 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2709 / 3919
  • Number of attempts: 4
switch variable - 4944 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #1562 / 1708
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11657 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1803 / 3418
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6033 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 59
  • Position: #1387 / 1486
  • Number of attempts: 1
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