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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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Redirect vim.stackexchange.com to vi.stackexchange.com

Someone who looks for a Stack Exchange website about Vim may type vim.stackexchange.com directly into the URL bar of their browser. This will get an unhelpful page saying that no such Stack Exchange ...
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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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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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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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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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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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: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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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Would debugging help with custom syntax highlighting .vim files be on topic?

I wrote a custom syntax highlighting .vim file that doesn't work. Would posting it and explaining what it's supposed to do be on topic? What if I was able to write an MCVE? In either case, would the ...
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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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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 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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Are answers offering plugins that address the question “link-only” answers?

There are quite a few questions one could ask about vim that can be legitimately answered with "yes, here's a link to a plugin that does exactly that." For example: How can I comment code with a ...
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Ask and answering your own question

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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