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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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### What is on topic here that cannot be asked on SO?

What is on-topic on Vi and Vim Stack Exchange that isn't on Stack Overflow? I don't get it: what's the point of this site? What could I ask here that I cannot ask on Stack Overflow, where there's ...
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### Helping new users learn how to use the :help

@romainl has written a great summary of how to use Vim's documentation. I think this should be copied into, or at the very least linked from, the site's official help pages. It's universally useful ...
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### Should Vi.SE be self-contained (as much as that is possible)? [duplicate]

This is probably something a lot of you have already thought about, but it doesn't seem to have been addressed here on meta (or I didn't manage to find the post). A lot of topics, problems and ...
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### Capitalisation of “vi”

General usage seems to be that vi begins with a lower-case V, and that proper names that begin with a lower-case letter should continue to do so both in title-case contexts and at the start of ...
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### Should we have a tag to indicate a question doesn't want external tools involed - e.g. Purely Vi[m]

A few questions explicitly ask for a solution where the editor performs the task itself without having to resort to external filters/tools. This is either in the main body of the question or in a ...
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### What should the on-topic section of our Help Center contain?

Our current /help/on-topic page is just the default boilerplate, and doesn't really help new users learn what kind of questions are on-topic here. It's definitely in need of improvement. What topics ...
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### How we can change unicorns eating daisies?

Going to tour page, it has fictive question and answer. How this can be changed to some more practical examples?
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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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### 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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### How do we exit public beta (i.e., what are the criteria)?

Now we've made it into public beta (yay!), in a similar vein to this question, what are the criteria (objective or subjective) we need to hit to have this site exit public beta and become a fully-...
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### Tags for visual select vs. visual mode

We have a visual-mode tag and a visual-select tag. The problem is that the term "visual mode" is overloaded: there's visual mode and there's the :visual command to return from Ex mode to Normal mode. ...
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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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### If this site doesn't make it out of private beta, what happens to all the Q&A?

I'm trying to encourage myself to participate in the private beta of vi.SE, but I have to be honest and say that one thing that holds me back somewhat is the thought that if the gods of SE don't deem ...
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### What's the point of using OS tags?

What's the point of using OS dependend tags such as microsoft-windows, unix and linux? It seems that OS-dependent editors (such as gVim/MacVim) interface related questions are off-topic (this one ...
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### When would the private beta be ready for public beta? [duplicate]

Currently the site is in private beta, so all the questions/links are not accessible by non-users. The site already has over 240 questions and it'll pass 2 weeks soon. When would the site be ...
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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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### Are vipe questions on topic? [duplicate]

Vipe is a Vim command pipe editor which allows you to run a text editor in the middle of a unix pipeline and edit the data that is being piped between programs. It's something considered to be on ...
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### How can I get a daily or weekly digest of questions on my email?

This may be a silly question, but I've really tried to find a way to get a digest of the Vi and Vim SE questions sent to my email. I'm interested in following the questions and discussions, but I tend ...
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### Are gVim and MacVim interface questions on topic? [duplicate]

Are gVim and MacVim questions related to interface (such as menu, tabs, settings) on topic? Or just plain vim commands? Related: What is considered to be vi? Are questions about bvi on-topic?
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### How do you become a moderator for this site?

I am glad to be a part of a new Stack site. I do not mean to say I want to be a moderator -- I do not have credentials that others have pointed out. And I do not know as much as others. I am asking ...
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### Are vi/Vintage question in Sublime Text editor on topic? [duplicate]

Sublime Text has vi integration by providing package called Vintage. It is there by default. Are vi commands (Vintage) in Sublime Text editor on topic?
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### Should we encourage asking questions that are already on another SE site? [duplicate]

Before vi.SE entered private beta, many of us found answers to legitimate vi/vim questions in other sites, such as SO, tex.SE, etc. Should we encourage vi.SE users to scavenge other SE sites for ...
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### Minimize keystrokes tag

I think we should have a tag e.g. minimize-keystrokes for questions that are about doing a particular task in as few keystrokes as possible. Faster way to move a block of text Move vertically to a ...
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I'm a long time vim user, but I just learned recently that I can paste the yanked lines several times. I think most new users wouldn't know this. Is it okay if I ask about this, and answer myself?
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It seems like setting up tabs and its spacing in vim should be trivial but; but in IMO it is actually a non trivial task (to get all the settings correct and working together). But I have not seen ...
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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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### 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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Look at the following question: Adding emmet plugin to Vim in Windows It seems as if the asker doesn't know how to install a pluign, and though asked a specific question for the plugin he tried to ...
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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 to tag questions about working with source code in a particular language?

Currently, Folding fails: vim can't find any fold is tagged with folding php. Should we have specific tags for questions about editing source code in a particular programming language? Please ...
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### Do we want to allow questions that are effectively “lists of things”?

Do we want to allow questions that are effectively "lists of things"? There have been a number of these questions, for example: Resources for scripting vim with python [on hold] What is an effective ...
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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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### Should screenshots be encouraged?

Should the use of images in questions and answers be encouraged? I think there are definitely times when it's hard to explain the problem without an image, but at other times it's reasonable to ask a ...
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### Is it ok to ask a generic question like “what commands are useful”?

Here is a question that would seem to have a lot of opinions for answers. Are questions like this ok? It's asking about what commands is ex mode are actually useful. Does Ex mode have any practical ...
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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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### Is it OK to mark a question as a duplicate where the question and solution is similar, but about different topics?

This question on filetypes for Markdown is close to being closed as a duplicate of this question on the .sage/Python extension type. To be fair, both the theme of the question (associating a filetype ...
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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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### It is ok to ask questions involving tmux, terminal, or iTerm 2?

Tmux is often used in conjunction with vim, and sometimes I don't even know if the problem I'm experiencing is with vim, tmux, or my terminal. So, is it ok to ask questions about tmux, or the ...
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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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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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...