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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 nvi (mostly the same), neovim (not even sure what this is), elvis (also ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 possible (and does it make sense) to migrate vi/vim-related questions from other SO sites?

There are lots of high-quality vi and vim questions on other Stack Exchange sites; for example, see all the questions tagged vim on SuperUser. Is it possible (and does it make sense) to migrate some ...
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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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### 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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### 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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I have a whole bunch of questions that I asked when I first started using vim. So I have an answer for them now. So I can keep asking and answering my own questions like: How do I use vim as a diff ...
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### What vim questions should remain out of scope for this site?

Do we intend this to be the site for all questions related to Vi and Vim on the Stack Exchange network? Are there any questions that should be off-topic for this site but still on-topic elsewhere? ...
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### What do we do about software recommendation questions?

In my short time at AskUbuntu, I have seen software recommendation questions ("What IDEs are available?", "What rich text editors are available?" [that one was actually asked, answered and upvoted ...
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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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### Should questions about how to use vi mode in bash be on-topic?

Should questions about how to use vi mode in bash (or readline in general) be on-topic?
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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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### 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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### Should we allow evil questions? [duplicate]

In an answer to a related question about vi-mode in bash, an answerer asked what would be next. Given that the operating system that shall not be named (the one that swaps constantly, even given 8 MB ...
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### Do we want questions for tutorials?

On the question "What is an effective way to learn vimscript?," the following comment received a few upvotes, and I think we should clear this on meta: IMHO this question is off-topic because it is ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Can syntax highlighting be made available?

While I wouldn't expect vimscript to be immediately available for highlighting, I think other languages aren't available either. I just tried to add it to this answer using both <!-- language: bash ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Are questions about bvi on-topic?

bvi is a vi-like hex editor. Are questions about bvi on-topic? It's an editor I'm not sure how compatible it is, but AFAIK it's mostly compatible with vi It's a standalone program So it seems to ...
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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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### Announcing a Pro Tempore election (April 2020)

Summary: Vi and Vim Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 20 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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### Typing out <kbd> for every single keystroke is a PITA

Some Stack Exchange sites seem to have custom formatting shortcuts. For example Code Review has \\$ delimiters for cool MathJax expressions, which doesn't work on Stack Overflow. Since keystrokes will ...
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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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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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### :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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why was “How much money has been raised for needy children in Uganda from Vim” closed?

Why was this question closed with "This question does not appear to be about Vi and Vim family of editors?" How much money has been raised for needy children in Uganda from Vim? It's about Vim it's ...
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### Should there be a separate tag for each plugin?

Should we have a separate tag for each plugin, instead of a generic plugin tag to cover them all? If so, what should be the naming convention for such tags?