Would asking vimgolf style questions be on topic on vi/vim? This is a type of question that is poorly suited for SO and most of the other SE sites. While it is conceivable that such a question would be suited to CodeGolf.SE, they only have two vimgolf questions there. It also does not feel clear to me whether or not a generic vimgolf question would be appropriate there.

But how about on vi/vim? The concept of using very few keystrokes very efficiently is something that resonates with many vim users.

Proposal: Vi and vim

  • I'm encouraged by the votes and answer here. I'm starting to see a region where vi/vim might be useful where SO is not. Jan 26, 2015 at 6:16

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I, for one, would not like to see hard-core golfing questions where the shortest keystroke count "wins" the contest.

Golf-lite would be welcome, though. That is, questions should call for any reasonably efficient technique that one would want to apply in normal daily use, with some consideration for factors other than keystroke count, such as

  • memorability
  • generality and broad applicability
  • robustness

What should be done with hard-core golf contest questions? Personally, I'd like to see them either closed as off-topic (possibly migrated to Code Golf) or have the keystroke count winning criterion edited away.

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    I know that I'm more interested in golf-lite than hard-core golf. Very often I think that there's a small optimization possible to what I do. I'm not sure how I feel about hardcore vimgolf though, except that I don't think I would answer too many of them. Jan 25, 2015 at 6:06

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