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You know I think I've been here before,
And very soon I am shown the door.
Someone new brought me here,
To another place I will steer.

Little can be done to fix,
I shouldn't even be in the mix.
I must already be known,
Who am I? Not really alone.

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    $\begingroup$ Did you put the peanut butter in the fridge again!? It's becoming self conscious. $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jul 8 '15 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @MarkN I think it's coming after me. Save me! $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jul 8 '15 at 19:44
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I think the answer is

a plagiarized question on PuzzlingSE

You know I think I've been here before,

Every now and again new users join and add cliched riddles and puzzles without any attribution.

And very soon I am shown the door.

Emrakul brings down his hammer on these questions and off they go into the garbage bin.

Someone new brought me here,

As mentioned, such questions are often brought up by new users on PuzzlingSE.

To another place I will steer.

Their clues can very easily lead us to the actual source with a simple Google search.

Little can be done to fix,

We can downvote and flag repeatedly, and Emrakul can delete them but little can be done to fix this issue permanently.

I shouldn't even be in the mix.

In an ideal scenario, we should never have to deal with such plagiarized questions.

I must already be known,

Most of the plagiarized riddles and puzzles are already known to the expert puzzlers here.

Who am I? Not really alone.

You are a plagiarized question, and there can be several of you hanging around on PuzzlingSE even after Emrakul and the community's vigilante efforts.

This answer is inspired by this meta post.

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    $\begingroup$ I just recently read that meta post as well :-o! $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jul 8 '15 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking a little more innocent than this, but in a way this is what I was thinking. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jul 8 '15 at 18:12
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    $\begingroup$ @AggieKidd: Holy cow! I wasn't even serious when I posted this answer. :-P $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 8 '15 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie Hehe. I had wanted to do this one for a while, but then I read the afore mentioned metapost and it came to me again. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jul 8 '15 at 18:14
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Could it be:

A shopping cart (With short term memory loss)

You know I think I've been here before,
And very soon I am shown the door.

A shopping cart is often pushed to the front entrance of the store, where it can be shown the door.

Someone new brought me here,

A shopping cart is reused by many people. Here a new customer is pushing it into the store!

To another place I will steer.

It will steer into the store, and possibly down many isles.

Little can be done to fix,

A possible reference to how shopping carts always seem to have at least one broken wheel, and no matter how hard you try to compensate, that wheel will not cooperate.

I shouldn't even be in the mix.

Broken shopping carts shouldn't be in the 'mix' of normal shopping carts (as they are damaged).

I must already be known,
Who am I? Not really alone

You, are a broken shopping cart, and I will always be here for you.

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 I like it, but no. There are a couple of clues that you haven't addressed that are key. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jul 8 '15 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ @AggieKidd Shopping carts can have keys... :-p $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jul 8 '15 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ It's a great answer even if it's not the right one! $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 8 '15 at 17:59

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