@evildictaitor:

Ug, don't tell me you are some kind of hipster that wants to be "different" and use Nano.

Regardless, if I want a easy to access text editor I'm going to pick Vim. I will concede that Emacs might be more advanced in some areas, and the built in Lisp interpreter is a nice touch. But I think what really attracts me to what you might call the "Editor of the Beast" is that is just more available. I'm almost guaranteed to have access to it no matter what box I'm on. Emacs doesn't come close in this type of thing.

Obviously this also means I have more experience with Vim, so yes, I am far more productive using it vs Emacs. YMMV.