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Played Challenges

V to the i - 4635 entries

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

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1754 / 1855
  • Number of attempts: 1
Extract argument from function - 2211 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #531 / 727
  • Number of attempts: 1
Search and Replace 0 - 4644 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #101 / 1539
  • Number of attempts: 4
That hyphen - 2488 entries

"vim vi improved"

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #663 / 680
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn a ninja to case-insensitive [Nn][Ii][Nn][Jj][Aa] regexp! - 46 entries

I bumped into this in a dailywtf code: http://pastebin.com/QApa5ycS I didn't want to translate a string whenever I wanted to be [Ss][Aa][Rr][Cc][Aa][Ss][Tt][Ii][Cc] on slack, so I figured a script (python, sed, whatever) would be helpful. Well, or a few vim keystroke!

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #18 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 2
7th Birthday - 182 entries

We have a bunch of numbers written from 0 to 9 in the order present in the text input file. The task is to create 7 by replacing the numbers with dashes.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #66 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 3
O Christmas Tree - 99 entries

Design a macro that makes trees grow (or ASCII triangles, if that's too hard).

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #37 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
VimGolfNight - 491 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #167 / 326
  • Number of attempts: 2
I forgot quotes - 15712 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2688 / 4109
  • Number of attempts: 3
vim1001 - 260 entries

change number 1001 into a "vim1001 sequence". (My first challenge, hope it is not too bad... )

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #90 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3111 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #855 / 1111
  • Number of attempts: 1
NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 228 entries

Just testing.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #95 / 110
  • Number of attempts: 2
Change name of a variable - 160 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #14 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 1
120 Degrees - 433 entries

Rotate that triangle.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #123 / 139
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor static member invocation - 187 entries

Someone used a static method. Refactor the method into a static import while fixing the assertion.

  • Best score: 28
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #37 / 60
  • Number of attempts: 2
Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 209 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #35 / 94
  • Number of attempts: 3
Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1091 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #287 / 289
  • Number of attempts: 1
Don't know what this is - 1943 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: 14
  • Position: #272 / 570
  • Number of attempts: 4
Where should I put the Newline? - 837 entries

Help me put the newline.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #28 / 420
  • Number of attempts: 3
Vim tetris - 351 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 54
  • Position: #95 / 100
  • Number of attempts: 1
Piphilology - 124 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piphilology

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #28 / 49
  • Number of attempts: 1
Mess in revision history - 1122 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #150 / 241
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shuffle puzzle - 303 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #68 / 99
  • Number of attempts: 2
HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 60 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 164
  • Position: #31 / 32
  • Number of attempts: 1
Going underground.... - 306 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #118 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10531 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1744 / 3636
  • Number of attempts: 7
attr_aligner - 3387 entries

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

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #590 / 683
  • Number of attempts: 1
Letter case trickery - 1537 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #415 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 3
Words in parens - 12729 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1351 / 3917
  • Number of attempts: 2
switch variable - 4903 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #16 / 1699
  • Number of attempts: 2
Replacing some words - 406 entries

How fast could it be?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #88 / 143
  • Number of attempts: 1
Sort the cardinal numbers - 269 entries

Maybe a simple challenge.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #67 / 139
  • Number of attempts: 1
remove dupes from array - 1290 entries

given a random string that contains a ruby-esque array, make sure that there are no duplicate elements

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #243 / 325
  • Number of attempts: 2
imports alignment (python) - 639 entries

Align as one import per line.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #114 / 190
  • Number of attempts: 2
Generate Fibonacci Numbers - 237 entries

Use your super vim powers to generate Fibonacci Numbers.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #79 / 93
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rotating Philosophers Problem - 374 entries

Can you help the philosophers find a good place to sit before they get five forks and spaghetti?

  • Best score: 29
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #103 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 5
HTML to Haml - 788 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 62
  • Position: #185 / 196
  • Number of attempts: 2
expand a list comprehension (python) - 276 entries

Please show your way to convert a list comprehension in python to an ordinary for-loop expression!

  • Best score: 42
  • Best player score: 69
  • Position: #90 / 103
  • Number of attempts: 2
Numbering a List - 1827 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 33
  • Position: #585 / 624
  • Number of attempts: 1
Java Array2List - 218 entries

Convert an java array initializer into a list.

  • Best score: 67
  • Best player score: 118
  • Position: #58 / 82
  • Number of attempts: 3
Assignment Alignment - 764 entries

line up the operators. Use spaces, not tabs.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 38
  • Position: #191 / 209
  • Number of attempts: 2
The Cake is a Lie - 1190 entries

Correct the capitalization of each word

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #443 / 485
  • Number of attempts: 3
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