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Should questions be deleted/closed when the issue was only a typo?

I answered recently the question 'Adjusting pdflatex settings'. The OP had misspelled a variable of the plugin vim-latex which therefore did not change the behavior of the plugin. At first I wanted ...
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Vimscript code review: specific case

Today I stumbled on How to show git branch in statusline?. The question's title is a bit misleading—it actually wants a review of current code. Seeing that it was a code review, I was unsure how to ...
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The banishment felt around the world

...our little Vi and Vim SE world, that is. :P If you're reading this there's a good chance that you know what I'm talking about. Last month a user was banned from our little slice of heaven and with ...
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Is [navigation] just [cursor-movement]?

The cursor-movement tag has 194 questions. The navigation tag has 37 questions, and no tag wiki. Should navigation be made a synonym of cursor-movement? Or should it mean something distinct (...
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Is nvi (BSD variant of vi) on topic?

I recently asked a question about how to use the contents of a register in an ex command in nvi here and a discussion ensued about whether nvi is on topic. Prior to asking the question, I assumed that ...
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Are questions regarding kakoune text editor allowed here? [duplicate]

I am currently trying to get into kakoune. Even though it is built with influence from vim, but it is not vi descendant in any way or form. Are questions regarding kakoune allowed here?
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Are questions without any answers encouraged to disappear here?

There is an awkward movement happening in this SE (and only this SE in my experience) right now. Some of my questions have been getting a single downvote and all of these questions have things in ...
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Deleted Question about functions and ranges

This morning I (and @Ralf) answered a question about functions being called for every line in a range vs. once for the whole range. It seems to have disappeared: I assume this means it was deleted, ...
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Is it worth learning vim in my case? [closed]

I'm coding mostly python/php using Pycharm, PhpStorm. I use mostly the basics of the IDE syntax highlighting, copy, paste, move up and down line, copy line, delete line, search and replace. I was ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should [operator-map] be a synonym for [map-operator]

A quick search for the two tags (map-operator and operator-map) shows little difference between the two. map-operator has a nice wiki, which operator-map lacks. I'm not sure what other information ...
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A suggestion to broaden the site's scope to things using VI-keybinding

I read here that the community decided over three years ago on restricting the subject-mater material. There were no dissenting views. Moreover, the Area51 discussions also lack any dissenting views ...
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Does vi.stackexchange want “tech support” questions from ALE?

Updates: The link has been corrected to "Stack Exchange" with the proper syntax (4 Dec.) The issue on GitHub was closed by w0rp, stating that no discussion was had (4 Dec.) Related: How much should ...
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Are there any FAQs for the main site containing links to useful Vim resources?

I didn't want to ask a question but to look for a FAQ thread. However, for some reasons I can't search the Meta site (maybe because it's Beta?). Ok, it looks like the search widget has just changed ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Vi and Vim's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Vi and Vim will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 10, 2018. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The timeline goes ...
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Why is the tag text-object linked to the tag cursor-motion?

I am convinced that a separate tag text-objects or text-object-select is useful. Text objects can only be used in visual-mode or after an operator (:h text-objects). A possible misunderstanding can ...
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Where to discuss arguments for or against closing a question?

I noticed that this particular question is being down voted and received some close votes: Why is Vim pasting after the cursor? Where is the correct place to discuss or disagree with such close votes?...
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Are you [mods] seriously think that neovim is `off-topic` for vi/vim stackexchange?

I'm asking this question because this question Neovim takes so long to source ruby.vim have been put on hold.
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Proposal to update the “What topics can I ask about here?” section of help center

The "What topics can I ask about here?" section in the help center has not been modified since the birth of our site back in February 2015. Now that the site has grown and gained in traffic, I feel ...
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What is the [vimrc] tag for?

Currently, it seems to be used (very intermittently) for questions involving code which could be placed in a vimrc file, for questions for which the answer involves putting some code in your vimrc ...
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Version numbers

I find, that quite often OPs have to be asked for OS OS version terminal terminal version vi/vi clone used version even more so, if sshing into another host is involved. Would it be possible to ask ...
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Another review request for the [count] tag

The count tag was discussed a couple of years ago, but I think we need to take another look at it. At the time, it seems to have been decided (based on the three existing questions) that the tag ...
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Should an answer adding concrete use case be deleted, to make `answers should only be used for answers` intact?

In this answer How to test if a string is a vim command? After there is a comment asking motivation of the question. I added an answer to specify that point, with concrete code, key mapping, ...
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Can't see reason for comments removal

When I initially wrote this question, I mistakenly wrote "ex mode" instead of "command-line mode". Some of the comments clarified my mistake, and suggested a solution. There was also some uncommon ...
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Why are we scaring people off from the site?

Let me start that I really, really want this community to succeed, and I wish I had more time to try to make it happen. I will try hard to not make this question look like a rant. This is very ...
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Would reposting this vim question from SO be acceptable? [duplicate]

When searching for the same solution I ran across this question on SO. It didn't do so well there, but I'd like an answer to the same question. Would it be acceptable to post the same question here ...
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Bumped Questions

The community bot is bumping old questions to the homepage - is this really useful? For example this question will probably never get an answer and was bumped to the top more than once (if I'm not ...
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Is a more specific question a duplicate if the answers to the earlier question also answer the later question?

Specifically: The top-rated answer to how to remove trailing whitespace also includes the answer to the more specific how to remove trailing whitespace on save. Should the latter be marked as a ...
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Do tags refer only to the question, or also to its answers?

Let's say someone asks how to perform a task but does not specify what techniques/vi features they want to use to achieve the task. Then someone writes a fantastic answer using a particular feature. ...
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What to do with duplicate questions if the newer question has more complete answers?

I have recently discovered this question, which has a single, imperfect answer. I was about to mark it as a duplicate of this question, but realised at that point that the latter question is actually ...
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Proposed tag rename: [cryptmethod] => [encryption]

The cryptmethod tag is currently used in four questions, but seems a bit overspecific: although all four questions mention the 'cryptmethod' setting, only two of them are really about it. (In fact, ...
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:set buftype=twitter

We're so hip we got ourselves a Twitter account: @ViStackExchange. We won't be posting questions automatically with a bot like the Twitter accounts of most other Stack Exchange sites do. Instead we'...
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How do we feel about .vimrc paste dumps?

I'm seeing a spate* of questions where users ask a (sometimes very simple) question and then paste their entire .vimrc in. I guess it's possible that for some issues this might help to narrow down ...
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Do we want to add a Twitter account?

Stack Exchange offers some amount of Twitter integration (for example see @StackWorkplace). Do we want to add this to the Vi site? Update: It's been added.
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Why is this called “Vi and Vim”?

Is there any data on how many users are using Vi vs Vim? I'm under the impression that it's mostly Vim (you may prove me wrong though). If this should be the go to destination for Vim users then IMHO ...
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Tag proposal: text processing

I've noticed that we have a lot of questions like this: I have this text: sometext1 How can I use vim to turn it into: sometext2 I'm not really sure how to tag most of these. ...
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Is it taboo to encourage or edit answers to be command by command?

I'm not sure how many of you get this, but I use a different keyboard layout (Colemak), and a different vim layout in general, so sometimes when I am reading solutions, I get down right confused ...
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What can we do to attract more questions to the site?

Right now, my assessment is that this community is very healthy, and doing very well in most stats. For example, my anecdotal experience is that we have a lot of very knowledgeable vim users who are ...
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What is the point of narrowing the scope of vi and vim to not include the vi modes of the various shells?

These arguments here: Should questions about how to use vi mode in bash be on-topic? speak about the idea that if we get questions regarding vi-modes, it is a slippery slope, and we will end up ...
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What should this question be tagged with?

I recently saw this question: Good Ways to Get Over that Vim Learning Curve?, and I saw that it was tagged with vim-windows and macvim. Both of these tags are completely wrong for the question, and I ...
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Which questions led to the creation of a new plugin?

On occasion a question will inspire members to not just give answer to the question, but to go a step further and develop it in to a full-featured plugin. Let's list all vi.SE inspired plugins here! ...
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Mark questions that led to creating a new plugin

At the TeX SO it's usual to mark questions that led to new packages with a little box, like this: This question led to a new package: packagename > **This question led to a new package:** &...
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I answered a vim question on SO that is not here, should I make a self-answer here?

I am trying to advocate vi.SE by going out on SO, answering Vim questions and then directing people towards us here on vi.SE. Yet, I encountered a situation in which a question on SO has no ...
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Vim like modal editing in answers and comments

As a Vim user I would like to do all of my typing in Vim or a Vim like environment. This being the Vim stack exchange, is it possible to make all the text input fields on this site Vim-like? I don't ...
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Is using a chat an appropriate way to troubleshoot a problem with someone from the main site?

This question comes up because I was trying to think of solutions to a rather specific question, and had several questions for the OP. The comments were getting a bit crowded so I thought that I would ...
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Seeing a bad tag, shall I retag or ask for a synonym?

I just saw the regexp tag in this question. When I clicked on it I expected to be redirected to the regular-expression tag but it was not the case. I could just edit the question and add the correct ...
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If there are two different ways to solve the OP's problem, should I post two answers?

Let's say the OP asks a question, and I see that it can be solved 2 different ways. (For example, a search and replace, or a macro) Should I post two separate answers or one answer describing both ...
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`software-recommendation` tag

I feel like we need something like a software-recommendation tag. Sometimes you don't want to do program something yourself, or you want to do something so mundane, that you believe that someone else ...