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Is the following rebus too self-evident?

iiib4

Hint:

It's in the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ Three eyes before ? $\endgroup$ – Fabich Mar 28 '16 at 17:25
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Perhaps recursive reflection refers to

code that examines itself,

in which case iiib4 refers to

3 before, i.e. three words before the code, which is
REBUS.

It would also explain the reference to the term self-evident as well as the now-deleted note to look at the rebus tag.

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The answer might be

rebus

Argument:

iiib4 = three i's before
reflection of iiib4 = after three i's
The first word after three i's in the title "The recursive reflection of this" is the word rebus

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  • $\begingroup$ Can't really find if it's an English rule or not, but shouldn't the plural of letters use 's (apostrophe s) instead of an attached s (i.e. I's instead of Is). At first I kept reading the word is instead of multiple times the letter i.. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Cruijssen Mar 29 '16 at 9:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Kevin Cruijssen: you may simply edit posts on this site yourself, to improve/correct the spelling. $\endgroup$ – Gamow Mar 29 '16 at 9:26
  • $\begingroup$ I know, but since English is not my native language I wasn't 100% sure if it's an actual rule. Perhaps both I's and Is is grammatically correct, even though I personally prefer I's for better readability. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Cruijssen Mar 29 '16 at 9:27
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Is it,

Rebus

because

iiib4 refers to three before the end in the title, and the recursion is that the answer to this rebus is rebus?

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  • $\begingroup$ If you go with "title" instead of my version, you get "BE", or perhaps "MAY". $\endgroup$ – Lawrence Mar 29 '16 at 3:56
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how about

it's right before my eyes

OR

it's right before the eyes

rationale:

{ (iii) is "eyes" ["right before" (b4) (which must be, recursing reflexively, put b4 the eyes)] (whose eyes? reflect on self) "my" } and finally "it's" is self referential to the very puzzle itself

OR

"iiib4" referring to itself is "it's" and the (right "b4") must be put b4 (reflexive recursion) the "iii"'s or "eyes" and thus the rebus becomes self-evident

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