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People try to force themselves to use vim (or emacs or whatever) because they're curious about it, and they find out that they have to spend some time and effort with it before they can decide whether or not it's the right editor for them. And what makes people curious about it? Most likely the reputation has something to do with it.

I agree though that there's no reason every programmer must try and learn vim; there plenty other editors out there, and if you're productive with one, there's no reason not to stick with it. Still, people want to try because they're curious, and if vim lives up to its reputation for them, well.. good for them I guess?

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