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In memoriam: Bram Moolenaar

It looks like Bram passed away a few days ago. Bram had been spending over 30 years on Vim; and not just "the occasional patch/bugfix", but significant amounts, and almost every single day ...
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Building a foundation for vi/vim knowledge

This site will shortly enter public beta. With that change in status will come fresh opportunities: visibility via search engines and throughout the Stack Exchange network, a team of moderators chosen ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial ...
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What is considered to be vi?

/bin/vi, as written by Bill Joy in the '70's is vi. And /usr/bin/vim, as written by Bram in the '90's, is vim. But we also have neovim now, nvi (mostly the same as Joy's vi, except when it's not), ...
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Happy birthday, Vi and Vim!

So, it's been a year since we entered private beta. From Area 51: 4.4 questions per day 91% answered 1.7 answer ratio 1,251 visits/day For a few months now, we have held steady on these stats (...
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How much should we indulge questions about plugins?

Lots of very useful vim functionality is available these days through plugins, supported by plugin managers such as Pathogen. I would guess that most experienced vim users use plugins - I certainly do....
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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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:wq, or, giving up mod status

I sent an email to the Stack Exchange team asking to resign my mod status. I've been active for almost five years, since the start of the private beta in February 2015. I feel that I've learned all ...
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Vi & Vim is graduating from Beta!

I am very excited to announce that yes, the Vi & Vim StackExchange will be graduating from Beta. Look forward to the official name-change on December 16th, 2021 alongside other official meta posts ...
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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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Who are our nominees for the moderator positions?

The community's thoughts on moderator nominees are apparently considered by SE for appointing moderators pro tempore. They look for members who: Have a reasonably high reputation score to ...
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Let's make some ads for our site!

The members of Programming Puzzles and Code Golf have made a few Community Promotion Ads in order to promote themselves on other sites: Note: this may or may not be blatant self-promotion come visit ...
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What do we do with questions that are already answered somewhere else on SE?

The title kind of says it all. I'm asking, because this Performing certain operations without clearing register question seems to be sufficiently answered https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54255/in-...
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Is there a simpler way to link to the help?

Many answers (and some questions) include information from vim's builtin documentation. I often find myself on google looking for an HTML version of the vim help, so I can link to it in my answers. ...
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Please welcome your new Moderators!

Throughout the beta, we need members from this site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each ...
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Prettify for Vimscript - suggestions?

Syntax highlighting has recently been enabled for our site (thanks!). However, Google Prettify doesn't support Vimscript out of the box. What can we do to remedy this? If we can give SE a good ...
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How to create a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example?

I have been asked to provide a "Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example" (MCVE) in my question. What is this, and why should I include it?
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:wq! - Resigning as moderator

I just wanted to post this announcement real quick in case people were wondering. As you may have noticed, my name no longer has a diamond next to it. There are a variety of reasons why I'm stepping ...
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Let's think of a creative name for our chatroom

The chatroom name is so bland. "Vim." Look at all the creative names others have thought up: "Root Access" for Super User "The DMZ" for Security "The Renderfarm" for Blender "The Litter Box" for Pets ...
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Should questions about bash's vi mode be on-topic?

Should questions about bash's vi mode (or readline in general) be on-topic?
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How to create screencasts?

How does one go about creating screencasts, like this one? Also see the related question: Should the use of screencasts be encouraged?
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Do we really need the [vim] tag?

Theoretically, vim is supposed to be used to specify that the question is specific to the Vim, that is, Vi IMproved by Bram Moolenaar. However, it appears that this is rarely the case in practice, ...
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:x stepping down from my moderator role

As you may have noticed I've been less than active as a moderator for several months now, so I sent and email to the Stack Exchange team to step down from my position. After being a member of this ...
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Should we use <kbd> in Markdown to indicate normal mode / insert mode keystrokes?

To indicate in questions and answers that keystrokes are being typed in normal mode or insert mode, should <kbd> be the convention? Or should we use backticks? Also, should we lead off ex ...
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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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Should we have separate tags [vi] and [vim]?

Vim is almost a proper superset of vi, but they're still two different editors, with two different names. Should we create vi and vim?
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Is it ok to ask beginner level question?

I am new to using vim. So I think my questions will be in the beginners level only. Should I wait till public beta to ask my questions? Will asking beginner level question impede the site from being ...
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Could we hold a tip of the week event (in meta) [duplicate]

On another discussion I recently suggested that we could try having a recurring tip-of-the-week event here in meta, similar to what Photo.SE does (they hold a contest). It could even help build ...
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How do we share general Vim experience? Or can we?

I recently mod-closed https://vi.stackexchange.com/q/3620/205, since questions of this type (unending low-quality answers, very subjectve, etc.), are frowned upon on Stack Exchange. There has, ...
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Should questions and answers assume the use of Vim?

I believe that, these days, most users are using something very close to Bram Moolenaar's Vim, rather than an editor derived from Bill Joy's vi. Furthermore, most of the operations can be done more ...
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People are using ChatGPT to answer my question, and I think this is inappropriate

As title. I just saw a new user post an answer to my question: https://vi.stackexchange.com/a/39433/10189. While the author did tell me about this, and I did appreciate his honesty, I still think ...
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Is SE Vi and Vim allowing "Thanks"?

I am certainly not wishing to kick up a fuss, I am merely trying to clear up a somewhat unclear point, so that I don't end up annoying anyone. I have been under the impression, that while a valid (...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Vi and Vim's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should we post our new Vim problems as questions here even if answers appear on other sites?

There's tons of stuff I don't know about Vim despite using it on three OSes since 1993 or 94, so I keep running into new problems which are surely old problems "out there". Should I post my new ...
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March 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

UPDATE: The election has now been scheduled. This community last had moderators appointed in September 2018, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that two of our mods - ...
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What criteria do we need to meet to ensure Vi and Vim continues beyond private beta?

This is the first StackExchange site I've been involved in as a private beta. I've heard murky rumours that not all sites make it past this phase; how can I understand what criteria this site will ...
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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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How to include .vimrc for analyze?

When people have issue where Vim is not working as expected the root cause can (often) be tracked back to .vimrc (or an outdated / buggy plugin). As people often do not know which part of the rc file ...
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Is something (or someone) automatically upvoting every new post?

These last few days (let's say maybe a week or two) I feel like every single new post (questions and answers) gets an upvote almost automatically only a few minutes after they are posted and no matter ...
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Adding in links to vimdoc

When I post on AskUbuntu or Unix & Linux, I like to add links to manpages (such as Ubuntu's, or linux.die.net's) of the commands that I use, or if someone posts an answer mentioning man foo, but ...
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Any ideas for a logo?

Any ideas for a logo? Perhaps something like :vi, :help vi, or :ask-vi (not like this, but properly drawn as a key).
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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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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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Are vimgolf questions on-topic?

This was also discussed in the proposal. In fact, this question is a copy of that question. Would asking vimgolf style questions be on topic on vi/vim? This is a type of question that is poorly ...
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Should we have single character tags for specific commands?

Do we want to have tags like x Or possibly group them together, like hjkl, or an aaiioo? (aside: apparently tags are not case sensitive) They could be synonymed to things like delete, movement, or ...
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How does this site feel about code review questions?

For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Code Review Stack Exchange site deals with reviewing working code for feedback on Best practices and design pattern usage Security issues ...
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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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Custom off-topic close reasons

We can set up to 3 custom close reasons. Do we want any custom close reasons? From What do site moderators need to do to support the new custom question close reasons?: This can be tricky; your goal ...
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How can we attract users who don't categorize themselves as programmers?

Jon Ericson makes an interesting point in his recent answer (well, really, just reiterates the same point he's been making for weeks, albeit not an insubstantial one): In order to become a successful ...
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Should the use of screencasts be encouraged?

Should we encourage the use of screencasts like this one? If so, what minimum standards should there be for the image alt text and accompanying explanation?
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