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No artist, I, in tones and hues.
No songs, no notes, no sounds I use.
No social set, no friends for me.
You see me not? Scan carefully
From first to last on every row.
From onset to the end I show.

The answer is a single English word. The riddle tag is debatable. The answer, when you find it, will be clear and unambiguous.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is it related to computers? $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Oct 24 '16 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ No, not computer related. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Oct 24 '16 at 8:44
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I think the answer is:

stone.

How is it hidden?

There are anagrams of stone in every line except the fourth and fifth: (tones), (notes), (set, no), (onset). An anagram of stone also appears in the title: (Ten So).

In addition, stone is hidden forwards in the fifth line (last on every) and backwards on the fourth line (me not? Scan).

Finally,

the poem fits the answer, even if it doesn't unambiguously define it. The first three lines are quite clear. The "Scan carefully" could be interpreted as leaving no stone unturned: the anagrams can be "turned" to get "stone".

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  • $\begingroup$ English is really enough to make one despair. "Scan" is its own antonym. It can mean either "inspect carefully" or "skim hastily". $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Oct 24 '16 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ In "scan carefully" it's clear which one is meant, but I thought that scanning was purely visual, whereas leaving no stone unturned seems to involve opening or dismantling objects in order to look inside. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 24 '16 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ Ah. Fair enough. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Oct 24 '16 at 9:57
  • $\begingroup$ The "single word answer" to the only question is probably yes. "Is ***** hard?" would usually be answered that way, even though there are some that wouldn't usually be called hard. $\endgroup$ – Set Big O Oct 24 '16 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ @SetBigO: I think hard is just another hint towards the actual answer, stone. Since there is no real question (except the cryptic title and "You see me not?"), I took the question to be in implied "What am I?" $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 25 '16 at 5:28
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Oh it's

"." , the period/ full stop ?

No songs, no notes, no sounds I use.

it's silent

From first to last on every row.

because It Is on every row , and because

From onset to the end I show.

You see me not? Scan carefully

it's under the "?"

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    $\begingroup$ Good. +1 You can add the title as well "If Six Is Easy, Is Ten So Hard?" "." over i is easy and "." over ? is a little harder. $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Oct 24 '16 at 9:11
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Partial Working -

With 6 I thought it was 6 times "No" was repeated. Also, "From first to last on every row." I guess the letter which are present in each line which gives "onset" which are present on every line which when anagram gives english words like "notes", "stone" and very importantly "Steno" who is a shorthand typist.

So, it could be

Steno

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    $\begingroup$ That's a good observation, but I think you picked the wrong word. :) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 24 '16 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah. Unfortunately :) $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Oct 24 '16 at 9:19
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I am really horrible at steganography But here is what I found out so far.

There are 10 capital letters in the text. 10 in total, and 6 before the "?" which could be a clue related with the title.(or just pure coincidence.)
The riddle tag was explained as being debatable which means it's really just the result of steganography. But since the tag was still added it means that among the riddle, there is probably a clue to how to solve the steganography problem. Which makes me think that the last 2 rows are a clue as to how we must do something with the beginning and end of each lines to find the solution.
I also noticed that a dot was omitted after "Scan carefully" which is probably an important detail.(or a typo)

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Is the answer

IAMBIC?

No artist, I, in tones and hues.
No songs, no notes, no sounds I use.

Poems use none of these things.

You see me not? Scan carefully

"Scan" is used to refer to how a poem's lines read

From first to last on every row.
From onset to the end I show.

The entire line is covered by metrical feet.

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