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For every question you might ask
Five answers might I give
Despite my ever-changing mask
No err will you forgive

I may appear a fickle host
But we’re both keeping score
From the side, I will riposte
And you’ll be back for more

For posterity, I will protect
Your quests within a picture
So quicker than you could expect
The student becomes the teacher

What am I?

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Stack Exchange

For every question you might ask Five answers might I give

or more & more...

Despite my ever-changing mask

different people answering each time

No err will you forgive

downvote!

I may appear a fickle host But we’re both keeping score

votes

From the side, I will riposte And you’ll be back for more

For posterity, I will protect Your quests within a picture

maybe user profile

So quicker than you could expect The student becomes the teacher

Someone who came to ask might as well find themselves answering...

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  • $\begingroup$ From the side, I will riposte: The jabs here come from the comments ("on the side"), but they won't stop you from coming back for more! For posterity... within a picture: The Q&As are saved forever to be indexed by search engines. $\endgroup$ – Xodarap777 Nov 19 '14 at 19:49
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Perhaps a

Search engine

many answers on one question

fickle host

the information isn't really his, just elsewhere on the web

keeping quests

caching search queries

student becomes teacher -

crawls the internet for data, then presents it on the search

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  • $\begingroup$ Warmer. The answer is more specific and fits every line. $\endgroup$ – Xodarap777 Nov 19 '14 at 19:20
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My best guess is...

A Computer

Seems to fit. You can search with it and get a mess of answers, constant evolution (pc, laptop, phones, watches), very easy to blame the computer ("this thing is so slow!"), it keeps score and tracks your 'quests' in a monitor while playing games, and finally because a user (student of a computer) can become a developer (teacher of computers).

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  • $\begingroup$ You're thinking in the right direction, but the answer I have in mind fits closely throughout the riddle. It should be an obvious "yes" once it's found. $\endgroup$ – Xodarap777 Nov 19 '14 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Xodarap777 - That's how I try to write riddles too! No red herrings, just obscure references. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 19 '14 at 19:07

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