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What am I?

Frequently I appear,

Not just here,

Applesauce I make,

Did that hold you up?

Vulnerable I am,

Annoying I can be,

But required I am,

To hide what could ruin,

A soul's own zeal,

For what is frequently here.

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You are

The rot13 substitution cipher

Frequently I appear

It is used frequently to hide spoiler comments

Applesauce I make

Applesauce as a term can mean nonsense, which is how rot13 text reads

Vulnerable I am

It's an easily breakable cipher

Annoying I can, But required I am, To hide what could ruin

The cipher is used to hide comments which would otherwise spoil puzzles

Additionally

The title is a rot13 of "I stare you in the face"

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    $\begingroup$ Damn that was fast. I have to think of something more difficult because you guys are too good xd. $\endgroup$ Dec 30 '20 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ @marsnebulasoup I think your title clue was part of the reason. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Dec 30 '20 at 14:01

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