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Who am I?

I've been here before I became me
I'm wise and bold, you're about to see

Carly Simon, it's not my sin
I'm the one who'll have the green

All of you, who are reading this
Will know my name if you persist

(If this all seems vague, don't scorn
I'll explain it when I'm born)

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I'd wager that you are:

the answerer (me, in this case)

I've been here before I became me

The answerer visited and viewed this question before answering and becoming the answerer.

I'm wise and bold, you're about to see

While there can be numerous respondents, only one is wise (or bold/quick enough) to be the true answerer with the true answer.

Carly Simon, it's not my sin

Carly Simon sang "You're So Vain- you probably think this song is about you..." Well, this puzzle is about me, since I am answering it, becoming the answerer.

I'm the one who'll have the green

Since I am the answerer, I will be the one to receive the green tick.

All of you, who are reading this

Will know my name if you persist

If you continue to read down the page to this answer here, you will know both the answer and the answerer, and that they are in a way, one in the same.

(If this all seems vague, don't scorn

I'll explain it when I'm born)

Since I reckon that I have the answer, and since I've now answered with it, I can tell you that the answer is the answerer. Straightforward, no?

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  • $\begingroup$ I expected the first block to say "me!", I guess you managed to not be as vain :) $\endgroup$ – Dotan Dec 12 '17 at 7:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Dotan Yeah, I was going to emphasize ME a bit more, especially at the end, but what can I say, enough repeated listenings of Carly Simon must have pummeled a shred of humility into me. $\endgroup$ – raisinghellyer Dec 13 '17 at 22:21
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Bit of a meta one: are you

the correct/accepted answer on Stack Exchange?

I've been here before I became me

The answer was here before becoming an accepted answer.

I'm wise and bold, you're about to see

Not sure about this.

Carly Simon, it's not my sin

I looked up Carly Simon and apparently she's a singer. Googling "Carly Simon sin" led me to this song - relevant?

I'm the one who'll have the green

The green tickmark. (This line was the giveaway, if this answer is correct.)

All of you, who are reading this
Will know my name if you persist

If you read the riddle, and then scroll down and read the accepted answer, you'll know the solution.

(If this all seems vague, don't scorn
I'll explain it when I'm born)

The accepted answer, when it comes, should explain the solution.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just beat you to it :) (I guess your answer is a bit different though) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Dec 11 '17 at 19:35

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