I haven’t seen a text editor in a while; here’s a good one: diakonos.
The biggest reasons to like diakonos, that I can see after a cursory run through it, are its help system and its keystrokes, which are similar to some big-name word processors.
Open a file is CTRL+O, close it is CTRL+W, save is CTRL+S and so forth. There are some slight exceptions (save-as is CTRL+ALT+S, as an example) but in most cases it will take only a few seconds to be up and running … if you use those unnamed word processors often.
diakonos has an impressive configuration file too; it might take a while to search through it all, but you could rearrange almost anything to what you like.
You can keep several files open at the same time in diakonos — what it calls “buffers.” Switch between them with ALT+number keys, or ALT+- or ALT+=, or CTRL+ALT+B for a list.
I think you get the idea though. The author obviously thought through these things and, in most cases, tried to make them as intuitive as possible.
I’d like to compare this with something like jed, and I’d probably be safe to do so.
And of course, there are a million (no, really, there are) text editors out there to settle on, but between diakonos and jed I’d still have to go with jed, just because it’s menu-driven.
For what I’ve seen of diakonos, it won’t take long to get used to it. If you’re searching for something less esoteric than vim and more svelte than emacs, this might be it.