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I­­ was­­­­­ browsing­­­­ through­ stackoverflow­­­­ meta­­­­, and I found a new way to hide text.

Have fun!

Hint: After you find the ink, there's another tiny layer. Answer should be obvious.

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The answer is

%AD?

I found this by

copying and pasting the text of the question into a text file, whereupon some mysterious dashes appeared in the first line,

like this:

I-- was----- browsing---- through- stackoverflow---- meta----, and I found a new way to hide text.

These new characters form

a pattern of 254144. They're not Morse code, because ---- isn't a valid Morse symbol; translating numbers to letters, BEDADD doesn't make too much sense; the OP says it's meant to be a hex code, so using this table to convert each pair to a character, it seems to come out as %AD.

Seems to be a reference to this Meta.SO post (spoilers, obviously), which I found by searching for [the answer to this puzzle] on Meta.SO.

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  • $\begingroup$ A tiny layer... $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 10 '17 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh Did I not find the right tiny layer? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 10 '17 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ No, but just you need to look at the tags $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 10 '17 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ It's not Bacon. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 10 '17 at 1:44
  • $\begingroup$ Much simpler, simple of the simple $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 10 '17 at 1:57

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